The winter season may be dying down, but the flu is still going strong. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, peak flu season is between December and February, so we need to be extra careful for a few more weeks.

And, though the flu isn't a big issue to most, to the elderly and those with compromised immune systems it can be very dangerous. And, even if you are in good shape, getting the flu just plain sucks.

The flu is apparently most contagious before you start feeling any symptoms. So, next time you're feeling a little sick, maybe you can use that as an excuse to not go in to work. Because no one wants to be around someone with a highly contagious flu, after all.

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TL;DR The flu is at its most contagious during its early stages, about a day before symptoms appear. Furthermore, you are still contagious up to a week after you begin showing symptoms.

Speaking to Global News, Dr. Jane Heffernan said that you are at your most contagious about a day before your symptoms fully appear, so you are most likely to pass on the flu virus when you start to realise you are getting sick.

The good news is that, next time you think you might have a sore throat or runny nose, you can call in sick, and use your unwillingness to infect your coworkers as an excuse.

You catch colds through directly contact: if someone sneezes into their hand before you shake theirs, they will have passed on some of the virus to you. If you wash your hands after, you should be fine. But if you stop first to rub your eyes or touch your lips, you may be contaminated.

If you're feeling sick and think you might have the flu, there are a few things you should do to avoid spreading the flu to others. Because you do not want to be the person responsible for infecting the entire office or school. 

The best way to avoid getting other people sick is to therefore avoid directly touching others if you have the flu. 

If someone close to you is sick, you should make sure you are washing your hands properly whenever possible.

Your cold is still contagious up to a week after symptoms disappear. So, if you really want to milk your sickness, you can continue calling in sick for a while after you have recovered.

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