I woke up this morning with a tickle in my throat, a slight headache and my ears felt like they need to pop!
These are not good signs.
I have escaped the “bug” over the holidays following an obsessive regime of washing my hands, keeping my hands away from my head and avoiding stores.My job includes a lot more one on one contact than I would like at this time of year. Post-secondary Students are back to school and Student Loan inquiries are top of mind. The arrival of the Flu season and a concentrated group of students make for the perfect storm for transmission of bugs. Yuck!
Just to increase my odds, my family attends four different schools. The chances of some bug finding its way into our house, is pretty good.No matter where I go, there is someone sniffling, coughing or sneezing. The flu is everywhere! There is also a stomach bug making the rounds. Extending my hand as a greeting makes me anxious.
Several people at the office have had down time over the past few weeks due to the flu. Some of my friends have been off work for over a week. This bug appears to be hitting hard and fast. Hospitals and nursing homes are closed to visitors or under strict visitor restrictions.The media are reporting a number of flu related deaths over the past few weeks.
The Department of Health and Community Services is encouraging residents to receive the seasonal influenza vaccination.
Residents who are at high risk for complications from influenza will be provided the vaccine free of charge through a publicly funded influenza program, distributed through the regional health authorities or family physicians.
Have you had your shot yet?