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Numbers in the News: The Flu and You

Flu season is here. Here are some facts about this yearly outbreak that could help you avoid getting sick.

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1 WEEK

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The length of time a person infected with the flu may be contagious, or able to spread the flu virus.

6 FEET

The distance the flu virus can travel through the air from a cough or sneeze.

60 PERCENT

You can reduce your risk of contracting the flu by this amount if you get an annual flu shot.

49 MILLION

The estimated number of U.S. flu cases during the 2017-2018 flu season—the worst flu outbreak in a decade.

THINK ABOUT IT: How could you help prevent the flu from spreading in your community?

SOURCE: U.S. CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

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