Flu season is in full swing, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting 20 states with high disease activity this year.
With so much sniffling, coughing and sneezing making the rounds, ABC News Health held a tweet chat on Tuesday to help you protect you and your family from this seasonal illness.
During the hour-long chat, there were more than 1,700 tweets from top organizations, hospitals and flu sufferers from all over the country. Our statistics show that the chat had nearly 40 million social media “exposures” – that’s 22 million fewer people compared to the numbers exposed to the flu each year, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
In case you missed the chat, it’s not too late to learn everything you need to know about the flu. Here is a sampling of the best tweets from the hour.
What’s the strain of flu this year?
— Chas Eby (@chas_eby) January 14, 2014
— U of U Health Care (@UofUHealthCare) January 14, 2014
Who is at greatest risk for getting the flu?
— Dr Ryan Shelton (@ryansheltonMD) January 14, 2014
— APHA Get Ready (@GetReady) January 14, 2014
— Kat Ellington (@katellington) January 14, 2014
Is there a difference between the cold and the flu?
— RxWiki (@RxWiki) January 14, 2014
Our experts say vaccination isn’t perfect but it’s the best way to prevent the flu.
— Stony Brook Medicine (@StonyBrookMed) January 14, 2014
— RWJF PublicHealth (@RWJF_PubHealth) January 14, 2014
— CDC Flu (@CDCFlu) January 14, 2014
Some other great tips for flu prevention.
T8 DrBergen Wash hands, avoid sick people, get plenty of sleep, eat right. If you DO get sick, stay home. #abcDRBchat
— KPNorthernCal (@kpnorcal) January 14, 2014
T8: Get plenty of rest, stay hydrated and germ-free. The small things can lead to big-time issues with the flu #abcDrBchat
— GetInsured (@GetInsuredTweet) January 14, 2014
T8 Your best defenses against flu: wash your hands, cover coughs & sneezes, and (as best you can) stay away from sick people #abcDRBchat
— Dr. Claire McCarthy (@drClaire) January 14, 2014