Are You Spreading The Flu Virus?

January 26, 2012 Updated Jan 29, 2012 at 11:45 AM EDT

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Are You Spreading The Flu Virus?

January 26, 2012 Updated Jan 29, 2012 at 11:45 AM EDT

(WKBW/Cleveland Clinic) Are you that guy or gal?? You know, the one who comes to work or goes about daily activities while suffering from the flu.

To try to limit the spread of the virus, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases is releasing the "Are You That Guy?" education campaign.

Doctors say your best defense against the flu is getting vaccinated. They also recommend keeping hand sanitizer and tissues with you at all times, for yourself, or others who may be coughing or sneezing.

Doctors say catching coughs and sneezes in your sleeve or in a tissue is a good practice.

They say you should also avoid touching your face. It may help keep you from getting sick if your hands are not clean.

And, doctors say if you're the one with the flu you should consider canceling your obligations for a day or two.

Dr. Susan Rehm of the Cleveland Clinic says, "With the availability of the Internet and the opportunity to work remotely, it's not as if we are really away when we're working from home. On the other hand, influenza is a serious illness, and people may actually feel so badly that they're not even going to be able to work from home."

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