Facts About This Year’s Flu

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How Does the Flu Spread?

Influenza (another name for the flu) can be spread by tiny droplets that hang around in the air after an infected individual has sneezed or coughed. It is also possible to catch the flu if you touch something after a sick person has handled it and then immediately contact your mouth or hands. This is not usually how the illness is spread, but it can’t hurt to be careful.