Ranging from severe to mild, the flu is miserable for anyone who catches it. 200,000 Americans are hospitalized due to complications from the flu annually. A regular case of the flu generally lasts between 3 and 7 days. Even after this period, a cough and fatigue can persist for two weeks or more. They say that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” From eating healthy to a professional carpet cleaning by Meek's Family Chem-Dry, here are a few suggestions on how to protect yourself and your family from getting sick.