Take the flu seriously

The joy of January this year brings with it a national flu epidemic. If you haven't been vaccinated with the flu vaccine, now's the time to do it. Professionals tell us the vaccine is not always 100 percent effective but does give partial immunity, at least, to the various strains of the flu floating around. Believe me, you don't want to experience full-blown flu, especially if you're among the very young or are a senior citizen. These populations are hit hardest because of a low or weakened immune system.

One of the best ways to fight the flu is to wash your hands frequently for at least twenty seconds under warm running water. Frequently doesn't mean just before and after meals but anytime you move from one environment to another. Trading viruses from one person to another results in the possibility of being confined to home and feeling miserable for several days to a week.

I'm sure  all of this information seems repetitive but it can be a matter of life or death. Every year people die from the effects of the flu. Take care of yourself by doing everything you can  to avoid catching the flu. These precautions not only help you but your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. Let's beat the flu this season. Keep our community healthy this winter.

Dianne Borowski

Bay Village

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 11:54 AM, 01.22.2013