School has begun, the weather is cooling and the Halloween candy is on the store shelves. I guess it's time to talk flu.

We did just that with a morning show interview with Dr. Adam Kaplan, a primary care doctor at Hackensack Meridian Health Medical Group about the flu, and here are a few things you need to know.

Get that flu shot. It protects your body from future attack by the flu.

Get it, even if the kids got one. Unless you're only in contact with your kids and you stay in the house at all times, you should get a flu shot, too. It's better for you and the health of the community.

Symptoms of the flu. Fever at 100.4 or higher, chills and body aches. The symptoms can mimic other ailments, so if you're unsure, check with your doctor.

If you get it, what helps? On your own, stay hydrated, get rest and eat well. If you catch it early enough, your doctor may put you on an antiviral medication.

In addition to the vaccine, what are other ways to avoid the flu? It's pretty basic. Wash your hands frequently and stay away from anyone who has the flu or is coughing.

We thank Dr. Kaplan for spending some time with us to talk about the flu and let's hope we all stay healthy and avoid the flu this year.

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