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By Kim Glovas

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The dip in temperatures recently was a wakeup call for some people, reminding them that flu season is right around the corner. And there are tips that individuals can take at home and work to prevent the spread of the disease, including some you might not have thought of.

A recent survey of office workers showed that many employees clean out their computer inbox every day, but don’t clean off their phone or their keyboard with the same diligence.

Dr. Stephen Ostroff, director of the Bureau of Epidemiology for the Pennsylvania State Health Department, says the flu usually spreads by droplets which can be sneezed or coughed quite a ways, so, “Keep the environment as clean as possible and clean off surfaces that are high-traffic surfaces, things that lots of people touch. And in addition, what’s also very important is to clean your hands.”

Dr. Ostroff says the flu usually hits Pennsylvania in late November and peaks in mid-winter. He says if you get the flu vaccine now it will take a week or two to become activated, and then you could be set for the coming season.

Reported by Kim Glovas, KYW Newsradio 1060

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