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The flu is caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. You can take many steps to reduce your risk of contracting the flu or spreading the flu to others.
Frequent hand-washing can reduce your risk of spreading or contracting bacteria and viruses that cause colds and the flu. You should wash your hands often throughout the day and especially
An alcohol-based hand cleaner can also be used if soap and water are not available. Be sure to cover all surfaces of your hands and rub until dry. The alcohol in the cleaner kills germs that cause the flu.
Steps for Proper Hand-washing
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that individuals and families begin preparing for a possible influenza pandemic. Steps you should take include: