(WSPA) — Health experts say now is the time to get a flu shot.
More than 80,000 people died from the flu last year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
Doctors say prevention includes avoiding those who are sick, washing your hands and not touching your face. Vaccinations are also key.
Doctors say the virus can live on surfaces for up to two days.
If you do get the flu, doctors say stay home until you are fever free for 24 hours without medication.
The flu often starts suddenly with fever sore throat and dry cough.
Some people can be infected and spread flu without feeling sick themselves – a day before they feel ill.