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Fighting the Bug that Bit You

Posted by Jean Peikert, RN on

Have you ever felt like a big dump truck just dropped a load on your chest and then left tracks on your forehead? Most of us know what it’s like to have a respiratory infection – the stuffy nose, sore throat, aching body, and just plain feeling terrible when you catch a cold or worse yet, the flu. It is sometimes hard to tell the difference. The flu usually produces headaches, high fever, sore throat, body aches and pressure or pain in the chest.

It’s time to get a flu shot. The vaccine is now available. It takes about 2 weeks to take effect. You not only are protecting yourself but also others.

Again this year, Walgreens will be here to give flu shots on Sunday mornings from 8:00 to 11:30 am. We are planning to offer this two Sundays – September 30 and October 14.

Be sure to have your insurance card with you. Just think on a Sunday morning you can go to church, have coffee and a treat, and get a flu shot.

Fall and winter are the seasons for gathering indoors so the viruses are spread more easily. Viruses can spread shaking hands, telephones, pianos, computers and anything handled by many people. To help prevent the flu or cold, wash hands often using soap not just water and try to get adequate sleep.

“For life, good health and all blessings, we thank the Lord.”