9 ways to prepare for the worst flu month of the year

While flu season typically lasts from October to March, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the peak month is February. Why are there more cases of the flu during the winter than at other times of the year? “When the virus comes out of the mouth or nose through a cough or sneeze, it travels farther when the air is so dry,” says Erik Larsen, MD, assistant director of EMS and emergency preparedness at White Plains Hospital. “In the summer, they hit the ground faster because the air has more moisture in it.” Taking these steps now can give you the best fighting chance to stay healthy.

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