Flu has struck Hamilton, and while it’s not quite at outbreak or epidemic, it is prevalent.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of flu cases nationwide is higher this year than last, with more than 25,000 cases reported across 37 states.
To guard against flu this season, wash hands frequently using soap. It takes a good rinse to kill off all germs, so create the habit by leading by example and teaching kids to wash for as long as it takes to since the birthday song twice through.
Stay home when sickness strikes. Staying home from school or work not only helps the patient get the rest he or she needs, but also spares others from getting sick as well.
Be prepared. Keep the medicine cabinet stocked with essentials from tissues to medicines that can treat a variety of flu symptoms.