Sleep – water – exercise – garlic – zinc – sex – laughter – massage: what do all these items have in common? They are all things you should be having plenty of if you want to avoid getting the flu this year. 2013 is shaping up to be an epidemic year for the flu with millions already infected and many more to contract the illness before the season is through. If you’re studying to become a medical office assistant, you’ll need to know how to keep yourself healthy, even during peak flu season when you’ll be coming into regular daily contact with sick people. This awesome article and slide show courtesy Huffington Post’s Sarah Klein, explains how each of these easy-to-manage steps can really help you ward off the flu and other illnesses frequently encountered by medical office assistants, medical billing and coding professionals and all workers in the medical office. Read up on how to protect yourself!