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CDC recommends possible prevention for enterovirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have a new recommendation when it comes to enterovirus D68.

Doctors are recommending a flu shot as a possible preventative measure.

The virus is a respiratory illness seen mostly in children with no known treatment at this time.

The flu shot should be considered as just one part in a greater plan to stay healthy.

Doctors continue to emphasize standard respiratory illness prevention.

Like washing your hands, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and avoid sharing drinks or eating utensils with people who are sick.

“People who are more susceptible to this are the children with a history of asthma or some respiratory issues that they have. They are being shown to be more susceptible. And the CDC has recommended that children get their flu shots in order to prevent a respiratory illness associated with the flu that could trigger an asthma episode as well,” Michelle Lewis-Lusso, an Inpatient Wound Care and Infection Control Coordinator, said.