How to Find Out Who is to Blame for the Flu

by Lexi Petronis, Glamour
Having the flu is just awful. And right now, a lot of us seem to have it--wait, no, not just seem to have it. We do have it! This flu season is turning out to be a bad one. Experts are concerned by how early this flu season started, and by the number of otherwise healthy people who are experiencing especially serious cases of the flu.

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Washing your hands and using sanitizing gels can reduce your risk of getting the flu by 30 percent, so by all means--clean, clean, clean, and the CDC is urging everyone to get vaccinated.

But if you do happen to wind up with the flu, you might want to head to Facebook and install a little app called "Help, I Have the Flu." It'll spin through your friends' profiles, picking up sick-sounding keywords like "sneezing" and "coughing," and scanning check-ins to see who's been at the doctor's office recently. It'll even see who's been staying up late to post, since flu sufferers may have sleeplessness as a symptom, and let's you send a message to the likely culprit. (And who doesn't like being blamed for someone else's sickness??)

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It's not scientific, of course, and is truly all in fun--which is one thing you absolutely can't say about the flu. So take a look at the CDC's comprehensive flu tracker, which will keep you updated about the flu levels in your area--let's try not to get this flu, please!

Are you dealing with the flu (or people with the flu) this season? Do you get flu shots?

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