Flus are coming, be prepared
By Gary Haakenson
Football season is here. Cold nights have already made their presence known.
Sadly and soon, our glorious summer will be a fleeting memory.
From December 2008 until August 2009, we had temperatures in the teens and in the hundreds.
Very odd, if you ask me.
What, besides football, will this fall and winter bring? The odds-makers are telling us that were in for a nasty surprise. The flu! A double dose is on its way.
The regular flu is expected, and a repeat of the H1N1 flu is lurking out there as well.
As has been the case in recent memory, you will be able to be immunized for the regular flu, and all indications are that you should do so if possible.
The H1N1 flu, however, is quite different. There is no vaccine for it yet. And it may be hard to differentiate between several flu strains.
The Center for Disease Control is making recommendations that those who are ill stay home.
Typically, the stay should be at least one full day after the fever has left and ones temperature is back to normal. The most effective way to stop the spread of the flu is to stay away from healthy people.
Work from home, if possible. The flu bug has a lifespan of three to five days.
And, of course, all the things your mother taught you still apply: cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, wash your hands, and clean the surfaces where you work. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Those methods alone will help reduce your chances of getting the flu.
The groups most at risk from the flu are pregnant women, children under five, and those adults already burdened with other medical conditions.
Current predictions are that up to 90,000 people in the United States may die from the flu this year.
Lets hope that by exercising some commonsense we dont reach anywhere near that number.
Did I mention, Wash your hands?