C: Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze (inside of the elbow works fine)
O: Only use your own utensils and glasses
U: Use proper hand-washing technique
G: Get immunized
H: Stay Home if you’re feeling sick.
What’s in today’s news? Flu Prompts Boston to Declare Public Health Emergency. Yeah, the flu is hitting hard and hitting early.
How hard? It’s met the CDC’s threshold for an epidemic. It’s been reported at high levels in forty-one states. Flu leads to Texas teen’s death. Eighteen dead in Massachusetts. Five dead and a hundred and fifty in intensive care in Illinois…. From Pennsylvania to Oregon some hospitals are putting up “flu tents” outside the ER to handle the surge in cases.
Referring back to older Making Light posts:
The USA flu season usually peaks in late January. It takes about two weeks for the flu vaccination to bring you up to full immunity. (Note: Flu vaccines are approximate at best; they may not prevent 100% of the flu that’s going around, but they can make the cases less severe.) So, today isn’t too late to get the stick. Go do it. I’ll wait.
When to go to the ER: