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Hand washing tops ways to sidestep flu

Some of the most obvious advice can often be the last thing on everyone's mind. So, during flu season Baylor College of Medicine has a few reminders that could keep you healthy.

"We tell our patients to wash their hands frequently," said Dr. Brian Reed, associate professor and interim chair of family and community medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

Since the flu is spread through touching contaminated items such as a door knob, phone or keyboard, washing hands more than just after a bathroom break could literally wash away the germs.

The flu can also be spread through the air when someone coughs or sneezes, so Reed also advises to get the flu vaccine. Even though the flu season is in full swing, it's not too late.

"Get vaccinated, not only for yourself but also so you are not spreading the flu virus to other people in your community," said Reed.

Another way to stop the spread of germs is to stay home if you are sick. Call your doctor to determine what step to take next in terms of treatment.