For many in the medical community, October 15 is considered the unofficial start of the cold and flu season.

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To prepare you for the upcoming season, today has also been proclaimed Global Hand Washing Day.

One of the best things you can do to ward off getting sick is to make sure you wash your hands thoroughly. Using hand sanitizer is also recommended.

It's also suggested that when you have to sneeze, sneeze into the crook of your elbow, not into your hand.

One of the worst things you can do is go to work when you're not feeling well - STAY HOME so you don't infect everyone else.

Doctors encourage young and old alike to get a flu shot, but especially the very young and the very old. Those are the age groups most susceptible to illness.

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