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Stay well this season

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your care guide

There are many things in life worth sharing. Colds and flu aren't among them.

Having the flu — and the chills, aches, and fever that come with it — can put a damper on your daily life. The flu can also lead to serious illness.

Protect yourself and others with a flu shot every year, and take simple, effective steps to stay healthy.

Also learn how to treat cold and flu symptoms if you or any of your family members get sick.

Reviewed by: Randy Bergen, MD, August 2013

Additional Kaiser Permanente reviewers

© 2011 Kaiser Permanente

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