Bruins players hit with flu-like symptoms

First a lockout. Now the flu.

It seems like the Bruins haven’t been able to catch a break this season. This week we’ve learned that seven Bruins players have had to lay off the ice because of reported flu-like symptoms.

Their misfortune is a reminder to all of us that it’s still flu season—at least through March. In fact, February has been considered the peak month for the illness throughout past years, which means we should all stay vigilant to prevent the flu. Here are some ways:

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Cover your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze. The flu virus is spread through droplets that land on the nose and mouth of people as close as six feet from someone who is infected.

Wash your hands with soap and warm water. Touching infected surfaces and then touching your nose and mouth is another way to get the virus. Some strains of the virus can live on hard surfaces such as desks and doorknobs for up to two hours.

Avoid people who are sick. In some cases, adults who have the flu may be able to infect others as early as a day before symptoms begin to develop. Sick adults are contagious for up to a week after getting sick. Keeping your distance may be just as helpful as other preventive approaches.

Get the flu shot. Flu season runs through mid-March. There’s still time.

For more tips on the flu prevention, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention