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Dr. Cheryl Wagner is an HIV doctor and advocate.

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You know the weather is changing and winter will be here before you know it. That’s why its so important to get a flu shot,you don’t want to be sick in the coming weeks and months ahead.

There are however a few things you can do to protect yourself and increase your chances of staying healthy during the winter.

1. Wash Your Hands Frequently

Washing your hands regularly with soap and water is an easy way to protect yourself from getting and transmitting respiratory viruses. According to the CDC, hand washing will reduce respiratory illnesses, like colds by 16-21%. Remember to wash your hands especially before touching your face, eating or touching surfaces such as handrails and tabletops.

2. Get A Flu Shot

Influenza can lead to hospitalizations and even death.

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