‘Tis the season to start thinking about how to avoid the flu.  We have seen a few cases of flu already confirmed in Maine and one person had to spend some time in the hospital because of flu.  But really, the best medicine is prevention.

So how to avoid getting a cold or flu this winter?  There are a number of things you can do.

The easiest and least controversial is wash your hands.  You have heard this for years…wash your hands…and it works to help prevent illness. It is simple, quick and easy.  It is a bit more than splashing water on your hands…but it is still easy.  Check out this video from the CDC.

You might also want to consider getting a flu shot. If you are going to get the shot you should do it soon.  It takes a while for your body to respond and for it to work.  There are varying opinions on flu shots. I have my opinion and I am sure you have yours but here is what the CDC had to say about it… do your own research and form your own opinion.

"BUT Renee...how do I know if I have the flu?"  Oh you will know.  But here is what the CDC listed for symptoms and MOST of the time you just need to take it easy, drink fluids and rest.  Your body will do the rest. If you feel you or your child's symptoms are more aggressive please check with your medical provider.

"BUT Renee...should I stay home?" Here is what the CDC has to say on that matter..."CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or other necessities. Your fever should be gone without the need to use a fever-reducing medicine. Until then, you should stay home from work, school, travel, shopping, social events, and public gatherings."  That is what the CDC said!  All I have to add is I don't want your nasty ol'germs near me.  Sharing is NOT caring.