Ways to stay healthy and avoid the flu this winter

Virginia Department of Health reports widespread flu activity

ROANOKE, Va. – The flu is now widespread in nearly every state in the United States, including Virginia.

This is the time of year activity starts to spike.

The Virginia Department of Health is already reporting widespread flu activity across the Commonwealth.

Simple things like washing your hands well with soap and water can keep your family healthy.

Angela Norville, of Roanoke, said she's stayed healthy so far this cold and flu season, but her grandson hasn't been as fortunate.

"My grandson got really sick this season. That's why I make sure I wash my hands 'cause he got really sick real bad this year," Norville said.

Norville and others said they've received a flu shot already.

"Our children are always after my wife and myself to get our flu shots and again to avoid being in situations where we can and are apt to catch flu from someone else," said Jim McClung, who lives in Roanoke.

The flu shot is exactly what health professionals recommend.

The map above gives you a look at the Centers for Disease Control's latest flu report.

The Virginia Department of Health has this advice to stay healthy during flu season: Get a flu shot, keep your hands clean and stay home if you're sick.

"You can never be overly cautious. All different flu viruses and I just want to be double protected for my family's sake and especially for my grandson," Norville said.

Another way to avoid the flu is to always keep your environment clean.

You can clean and disinfect surfaces with wipes to try to prevent the spread of the flu.

Lastly, try to avoid touching your face, because hand-to-face contact is the quickest way to get sick.

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