Tips to stay flu free at Super Bowl parties

By WEEK Producer

January 31, 2014 Updated Feb 1, 2014 at 1:09 AM CDT

An unwanted guest is waiting to crash your Super Bowl party, but there are ways to keep the flu sidelined.

The Centers for Disease Control says the virus is widespread across 41 states.

Since October, more than 4,000 people have been hospitalized with flu complications.

But the American Red Cross has seven tips to avoid flu party fouls.

They include marking cups to keep someone from drinking after you, doing an elbow bump instead of high fives, and staying at home if you feel sick.