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>>> IT’S OFFICIALLY FLU SEASON >>> IT’S OFFICIALLY FLU SEASON AND THE FLU IS WIDESPREAD IN AND THE FLU IS WIDESPREAD IN FIVE STATES AND LAST YEAR AT FIVE STATES AND LAST YEAR AT THIS POINT IT WASN’T WIDESPREAD THIS POINT IT WASN’T WIDESPREAD ANYMORE ANYMORE DR TORRES IS HELPING US STAY DR TORRES IS HELPING US STAY HEALTHY

HEALTHY WHAT IS GOING ON? WHAT IS GOING ON? >> WELL, IT STARTED A LOT >> WELL, IT STARTED A LOT EARLIER THAN WE THOUGHT IT WOULD EARLIER THAN WE THOUGHT IT WOULD HAPPEN HAPPEN IT GOES THROUGH FEBRUARY TIME IT GOES THROUGH FEBRUARY TIME FRAME AND USUALLY IT’S TYPE "A" FRAME AND USUALLY IT’S TYPE "A

" THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF VIRUSES THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF VIRUSES TYPE "A" WE GOT AT THE BEGINNING TYPE "A" WE GOT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR AND "B" AT THE END OF THE YEAR AND "B" AT THE END OF THE YEAR OF THE YEAR THE "B" IS THE MORE AGGRESSIVE THE "B" IS THE MORE AGGRESSIVE OF THE VIRUSES AND THAT’S WHAT OF THE VIRUSES AND THAT’S WHAT WE’RE SEEING LITE NOW

WE’RE SEEING LITE NOW THE CDC CAME OUT WITH SOME THE CDC CAME OUT WITH SOME INFORMATION THAT’S SEVEN STATES INFORMATION THAT’S SEVEN STATES AND FIVE PEDIATRIC DEATHS SO AND FIVE PEDIATRIC DEATHS SO FAR FAR IT’S OFFICIALLY THE SEASON IT’S OFFICIALLY THE SEASON

MAKE SURE YOU GET VACCINATED MAKE SURE YOU GET VACCINATED >> ALL RIGHT >> ALL RIGHT IS THERE ANYTHING — THEY SAY TO IS THERE ANYTHING — THEY SAY TO GET VACCINATED

GET VACCINATED IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU CAN IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU CAN DO BESIDES GETTING A FLU SHOT? DO BESIDES GETTING A FLU SHOT? >> BESIDES THE BORING THINGS, >> BESIDES THE BORING THINGS, WASH YOUR HANDS, COVER UP WHEN WASH YOUR HANDS, COVER UP WHEN YOU COUGH OR SNEEZE, EAT A YOU COUGH OR SNEEZE, EAT A HEALTHY DIET HEALTHY DIET IF YOU SMOKE TRY TO QUIT IF YOU SMOKE TRY TO QUIT SMOKING SMOKING

IF YOU HAVE A FEVER, MEANING IF YOU HAVE A FEVER, MEANING IT’S ABOVE 100 THEN YOU NEED TO IT’S ABOVE 100 THEN YOU NEED TO STAY HOME BECAUSE WHAT HAPPENS STAY HOME BECAUSE WHAT HAPPENS IS PEOPLE TEND TO GO TO WORK IS PEOPLE TEND TO GO TO WORK BECAUSE THEIR WORK DOESN’T LET BECAUSE THEIR WORK DOESN’T LET THEM OFF THEM OFF THEY END UP GETTING EVERYBODY THEY END UP GETTING EVERYBODY ELSE SICK SO QUARANTINE ELSE SICK SO QUARANTINE YOURSELF YOURSELF TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AN AND TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AN AND KEEP EVERYBODY ELSE HEALTHY

KEEP EVERYBODY ELSE HEALTHY >> YOU THINK I HAVE THE FLU BUT >> YOU THINK I HAVE THE FLU BUT PEOPLE AREN’T SURE PEOPLE AREN’T SURE >> IT’S FUNNY, IF YOU HAVE TO >> IT’S FUNNY, IF YOU HAVE TO ASK THAT QUESTION, YOU NEVER HAD ASK THAT QUESTION, YOU NEVER HAD THE FLU BECAUSE THE DIFFERENCE THE FLU BECAUSE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE COLD AND THE FLU YOU BETWEEN THE COLD AND THE FLU YOU CAN SEE ON THE GRAPHIC HERE IS CAN SEE ON THE GRAPHIC HERE IS THE MAIN THING ARE THE SYMPTOM THE MAIN THING ARE THE SYMPTOM ON SETS ON SETS

WITH THE COLD IT COMES ON WITH THE COLD IT COMES ON GRADUALLY, AND PEOPLE WITH THE GRADUALLY, AND PEOPLE WITH THE FLU, I HAVE HAD IT TWICE, IT’S FLU, I HAVE HAD IT TWICE, IT’S LIKE SOMEBODY TURNED ON A LIKE SOMEBODY TURNED ON A SWITCH SWITCH YOU GO FROM — YOU CAN’T GET OUT YOU GO FROM — YOU CAN’T GET OUT OF BED OF BED YOU GET THE FEVER WITH THE FLU YOU GET THE FEVER WITH THE FLU OFTEN

OFTEN CHILLS AND FATIGUE, AND THE CHILLS AND FATIGUE, AND THE COUGH IS A COLD KIND OF THING COUGH IS A COLD KIND OF THING BUT THE MAIN DIFFERENCE, THE BUT THE MAIN DIFFERENCE, THE FEVER AND THE ABRUPT ON SET FEVER AND THE ABRUPT ON SET

PEOPLE WITH THE FLU THEY’LL TELL PEOPLE WITH THE FLU THEY’LL TELL YOU, THEY JUST FEEL HORRIBLE YOU, THEY JUST FEEL HORRIBLE AND SO THAT’S LIKE — MAKE SURE AND SO THAT’S LIKE — MAKE SURE YOU GET THE FLU SHOT EVEN THOUGH YOU GET THE FLU SHOT EVEN THOUGH IT’S NOT 100% EFFECTIVE IT’S NOT 100% EFFECTIVE IT WILL KEEP YOU FROM GETTING IT WILL KEEP YOU FROM GETTING HOSPITALIZED AND MAKE THE FLU HOSPITALIZED AND MAKE THE FLU LESS INTENSE AND KEEP YOU FROM

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