80,000 people died of flu last winter in US

UNITED STATES - When visiting the family and friends this week, the goal is to spread holiday cheer - not germs!

Flu activity is starting to pick up across much of the country. The CDC says flu is now widespread in 6 states: Alabama, California, Delaware, Georgia, Massachusetts and New York. 

And there are signs many areas of the southwest and mid-Atlantic aren't far behind.

Doctors say the best way to protect yourself from the flu is by getting the flu shot. Also - wash your hands often!

Experts recommend a full 20 seconds of lathering up.

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