Keeping the Flu AwaySubmitted: 01/21/2013
Story By Melissa Constanzer

ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - People are taking to some pretty interesting practices to avoid the flu this season. Among them is the elbow bump. It's an alternative to hand shaking.

A video, made by Tom Yach and his family from Marshfield, show us just one way to stay healthy. But what do local nurses say you can do each day to keep yourself from falling victim to the flu?

"The best way to prevent the flu is to get the flu shot. But we also want them to know, to help prevent getting sick to wash their hands, cover their coughs and sneezes this season and also to stay home sick if they are feeling ill," says Robert Deede, a Public Health Nurse for the Oneida County Health Dept.

This, along with other things that we do every day can help keep the flu away. Nurses recommend keeping a good diet, getting enough sleep and exercise are key.

"Getting three balanced meals with snacks. Exercise at least 30 to 60 minutes a day. And then getting 6 to 8 hours of sleep at night is very important," says Deede.

It still is not too late to get that flu shot since flu season goes until May.

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