The debate goes on: Get a flu shot or don't get a flu shot
Medical doctors will tell us that we all should get one, especially at our age (ahem). So talk to your doctor and make a decision and soon. In the meantime, here are some tips to help you avoid the flu this season. (These sound suspiciously like things our moms used to tell us.)
• Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Throw that tissue away after it has been used.
• Wash your hands -- constantly. The only problem with this is that your hands may dry out in wintry low-humidity environments. So keep some type of hand lotion at your sinks to avoid that.
• Avoid germs by not touching your eyes, nose and mouth -- portals for flu germs.
• If possible, stay away from sick people! Not very neighborly, but if your health is compromised even the slightest, good advice. The reverse also works: If you are sick, stay away from others so that you don't infect them.
• If you have a fever, stay at home for at least 24 hours after it's gone. Travel to the doctor's office if you need to, but otherwise stay home. Have friends or family pick up meds and food while you are homebound with the flu.