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Getting vaccinated is the best protection against contracting the flu.
Read more in the Flu Vaccine Primer.
While seasonal flu and H1N1 can now be given as one shot to a healthy person, CDC recommends that at a minimum, the following groups get the H1N1 vaccine:
Your healthcare provider can help you determine whether you and/or others in your family should get the H1N1 vaccine. If you are in an at-risk group for complications from seasonal flu, you are also at risk for complications from H1N1 and should get vaccinated.
You can't get Avian Flu from eating properly-handled poultry and eggs. Even if the food were contaminated, proper handing would kill it. The food safety methods that FDA and USDA recommend for poultry and eggs are: