There is no doubt that flu season is here. New Jersey is among 10 states with the highest flu activity level, according to the CDC.

New Jersey is a combination of coughing, sneezing hand gel and frequent hand washing this time of year, and the Garden State's activity level is the highest on the CDC's color coded map of the Unites States.

Nine other states joined us with the highest level of activity for the week of January 5th, but 15 state are in the 'high activity' range. The New Jersey Department of Health website does has published data on flu activity for the week of January12th, and the Garden State remains in the 'high' category.

So, what do you do to avoid the flu this year? Well, it's pretty much the same advice as you've already heard. Wash your hands frequently, get the flu vaccine and avoid people who have the flu.

And by the way, if you have the flu, you should stay home to avoid spreading it, and experts say you should stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever reducing medicine.

So, get ready. It's the fist bumping, waving from a distance and hand gel carrying time of year at the Jersey Shore.

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