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CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 10: Dr. Anne Furey Schultz examines Alice Corcoran, who was experiencing flu-like symptoms, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital on January 10, 2013 in Chicago City. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention flu is widespread in 41 states. The CDC has reported 22,048 flu cases from Sept. 30 through December 31, 2012 compared with only 849 for the same period last year. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The saying an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure goes a long way during flu season.

How do you keep yourself safe from catching the flu when there are sick people showing up to work? Doctors are rolling out the tried and true traditions of getting a flu shot, washing your hands and staying home when you are sick.

Hopefully, your workplace encourages sitting the flu out instead of coming in and contaminating everyone.

Did you get a flu shot this year? If not, why? What do you do to protect yourself when everyone else around you is sick?