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Flu prevention is common sense

With so much news going around about H1N1 flu these days, it is reasonable to be concerned. We aren’t to the point of an epidemic of horror-movie proportions, however, so we have to remember that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the most important step we can take in preventing illness and stopping the spread of the disease.
Staying healthy during flu season is about staying diligent in many areas of our daily life, from making sure we are getting the right nutrition and exercising enough to sleeping long enough for our bodies to rest and keeping our hands clean wherever we go.

Keeping hand sanitizers handy and using caution when in public can be a positive step — places frequented by many such as schools, banks, grocery stores and offices often become places germs live. Those breaks to use the restroom need to include a stop by a sink for a thorough hand-washing, regardless of whether we think we’re safe without.

One way we can help our medical community deal with what’s happening is to make sure we don’t put off visits to the doctor. If a flu shot is in your personal preferences for combating the flu — either the H1N1 strain or the seasonal kind — doctors should be able to address your needs in the coming weeks. If you feel ill, take a trip to visit a doctor and you’re likely going to save yourself money in the long run by being treated. Losing hours at work or bringing illness on coworkers because we wait until we are extremely ill to address the problem only ends up costing us more, at the end of the day.

The county is not required to keep track of the cases in our area, so we’re somewhat in the dark as to the level of pervasiveness for H1N1 flu here. That doesn’t mean the problem doesn’t exist or that we should let ourselves slack off in terms of prevention. Our neighbors in larger metropolitan areas report significant tolls on the community in lost productivity and even select cases that have been fatal. Take stock of how you can keep healthy now and do it.

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