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Think you know how to prevent the flu? Take this quiz to see if you're right.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

How many hours of sleep a night do you need to help keep the flu at bay?

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The correct answer is: You need at least seven hours per night of sound sleep to help fight the flu. Research has shown that your immune system function can drop as much as 60 percent after just three nights of poor sleep.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Doing which of the following can help fight the flu?

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The correct answer is: Meditation, yoga and Tai Chi all keep your stress levels low, leaving your body in much better shape to fight off infections.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

After you get a flu shot, how long does it take your body to build up immunity?

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The correct answer is: After you get the vaccine, it may take two weeks for your body to build up antibodies to the virus. Flu season can start as early as October, so the sooner you get the vaccine, the better. Getting a flu shot is the #1 way to prevent the flu.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

How long should you wash your hands to get rid of germs?

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The correct answer is: The most effective way to wash your hands is to use plenty of soap and rub your hands gently together for 15 to 20 seconds -- about as long as it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice -- before rinsing and drying them.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which of these beauty products can help keep you from getting the flu?

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The correct answer is: Smear a bit of petroleum jelly just inside your nose -- it will act like a barrier to stop germs from entering and setting up shop.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Which of these activities can help prevent the flu?

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The correct answer is: Getting regular exercise keeps your body healthy -- and less prone to infections such as the flu.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: Taking a probiotic can help you avoid the flu.

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The correct answer is: The jury's still out on this one. Some studies suggest probiotics -- found in foods like yogurt, soft cheeses and tempeh -- may help fight upper respiratory infections. Experts say the evidence is weak, though. Still, probiotics do keep your gut healthy, and a happy gut means a healthy immune system.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

When your child sneezes or coughs, ask her to cover her nose and mouth with:

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The correct answer is: The best way to keep those germs from reaching other people (like you) is to teach your child to sneeze and cough into a tissue -- and then throw the tissue away. No tissue handy? Tell her to sneeze or cough into her elbow.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of these foods can help fight the flu?

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The correct answer is: All of the above can help fight the flu. Cantaloupe is rich in vitamin C, almonds have tons of vitamin E and kale is a vitamin A powerhouse. Research has found that foods containing high levels of vitamins A, C and E help fight germs, viruses and infections.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: Nasal rinses can protect you against the flu.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Flushing out your nose with warm, salinated water is a terrific way to rid your nose of germs, viruses and bacteria.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

What should you do if your friend catches the flu?

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The correct answer is: The flu is contagious for a full week after the person begins to feel sick, so you should try to avoid spending time with those who already have it.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: Spending a few minutes in the sun each day can help you avoid the flu.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Sunlight is an excellent source of vitamin D, which helps your immune system tackle viruses like the flu. In a study done during flu season, people who had higher blood levels of vitamin D were half as likely to get hit with the bug -- or any other viral infection of the respiratory tract, for that matter.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which of these body parts should you avoid touching to lower your risk of getting the flu?

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The correct answer is: Your eyes, nose and mouth are all ideal entry points for flu germs. Consider anything above the neck a no-touch zone unless you've just washed or sanitized your hands.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: If you're not able to wash your hands in the sink, using hand sanitizer is the next best thing when it comes to keeping your hands flu-germ free.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers do a great job of killing the flu germs you can pick up simply by touching a doorknob, table or counter top someone with the virus has touched. Keep a bottle nearby so you'll always have some on hand.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which of these is it okay to share with someone who has the flu?

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The correct answer is: All of these can harbor flu germs, so if you share them, you can get infected, too.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

How far can the flu spread from an infected person who coughs, talks or sneezes?

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The correct answer is: The flu is spread from person to person by droplets when the infected person coughs, talks or sneezes. The flu droplets can travel up to six feet. The flu can spread to others from one day before symptoms develop to seven days after symptoms develop.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: You can catch the flu from a dollar bill.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Flu germs can last for hours on paper, including money. So wash your hands every time you handle cash -- even if the person who gave it to you looks perfectly healthy.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is the best lunch if you're looking to fight the flu?

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The correct answer is: One simple way to help prevent the flu is to make sure you eat a healthy, balanced lunch (and breakfast and dinner!) every day to keep your body in prime shape.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: To help keep flu germs at bay, run your dehumidifier.

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The correct answer is: This is false. The flu virus spreads more easily in low humidity, so you'll want to run your humidifier (not your dehumidifier) to keep the air from drying out.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: You can catch the flu by getting the mist form of the vaccine.

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The correct answer is: This is false. While the flu mist (unlike the shot) does contain a live virus, the strain is too weak to cause illness, says the Centers for Disease Control. Getting the mist can reduce your chances of catching the flu by 92 percent. Do not get the flu mist if you are pregnant, age 50 or older, or if you're at high risk for flu complications.

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