(AP) - While temperatures are falling, your chances of getting the flu are rising.
We have entered the official flu season, and vaccinations that can help shield you from the contagious respiratory illness.
Between 5 to 20 percent of Americans will come down with the flu between Oct. 1 and May 1 - some 200,000 nationwide will be hospitalized as a result, and 36,000 will die.
Here are some tips to protect yourself and others from the flu:
Cover your mouth and nose Clean your hands Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth Avoid close contact with people who are already sick If you get sick, stay home If you feel sick, call your doctor Maintain a healthy lifestyle Get a flu shot