Can wearing a mask protect you?

A study showed that masks led to a more than threefold reduction in how much flu virus people sprayed into the air.

But sometimes you can even get the flu by touching a surface that has the virus on it, like elevator buttons or doorknobs, and then touching your mouth or nose. And to make matters worse, the flu virus can live for up to three days on those hard surfaces!

The best defense against flu starts with you! One of the most effective ways to protect yourself against flu and its serious complications is through annual flu vaccination but remember to practice good hygiene habits like handwashing too.