By Jamie Rieger
As sure as the leaves drop from the trees in the fall, the flu bug is most likely to make an appearance.
It seems this year, the bug is making an early arrival, but from most accounts, whatever is passing through at the moment seems to be pretty mild in nature…as mild as flu bugs can go anyway. Flu season is only just beginning, so there may be more strenuous bugs coming yet.
The flu can lay up the most hardy of folk, so getting your flu shot early is important in staving it off and avoiding being bedded down with aches, pains, and all the other wonderful ailments that go along with the flu.
And, if you do feel ill, for goodness sakes, stay home. You aren’t going to be hailed a hero by showing up sick at an event and infected all those around you. In fact, you may be cursed for doing so. One or two days of bed rest will be your best course of action.
Flu shots are now available at many community clinics and it really only takes a few moments to stop in, roll up your sleeve, and get that shot that will protect yourself against any nasty bugs that may be coming our way this winter. Not only are you protecting yourself, but you are also protecting family members or friends who may have weakened immune systems. (Hopefully, they get the flu shot, too.)
Flu season has only just arrived; the time to get that shot in the arm is now.