Expert secrets to avoiding the flu this year

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Annual flu vaccinations are important because the virus is always changing, but there is more you can do throughout the season to keep the flu at a distance.

Dr. Karen Latimer shares her tips on fighting the flu -- and, she says, the grocery store is a good place to start. Healthy eating becomes even more vital during flu season and research shows that antioxidants in food help prevent disease. Vitamins also help kids grow strong bones and muscles and help battle infections.

And if you think it is just about produce - think again! Foods rich in zinc and selenium like red meat and fortified bread can help too!

See what foods Dr. Karen Latimer recommends to ward off the flu:

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Expert secrets to avoiding the flu this year

Eating fruit is a great way to flight the flu.

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Kid's love broccoli which has loads of vitamins.

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Carrots are packed with good stuff to fight viruses.

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Corn is a fun food that is good for you too.

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Sweet potato is a family favorite -- and it'll help you fight the flu.

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Dips and sauces are a great way to ease kids into liking the taste of vegetables.

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Red meat is rich in zinc and selenium which help keep the flu at bay.

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Shellfish also contains these vital elements that keep us healthy.

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Poultry like roasted chicken has the same benefits.

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Even fortified bread and cereal can do the trick.

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Garlic is great at fighting off viruses.

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Yogurt is important for probiotics as well.

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Dr. Karen Latimer shows us the ropes on foods that help fight the flu.
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