by Sheryl KraftGerms can easily escape and spread. Cover up!
Flu shot - check. Wash hands often - check. Get enough sleep - who, me??
I try to do all I can to avoid spending the winter months sidelined with a cold or the flu; I really do. But sometimes despite my best efforts, colds happen.
Think about it: windows are closed to keep the cold air out, and thousands of nasty germs take that as their cue to multiply and destroy. Our health habits, though well meaning, often get shelved for various reasons.
Flu shots are not foolproof. How well they work can vary widely from season to season, depending on who is being vaccinated and how well the virus strains in the vaccine match up with the viruses circulating in the community. The vaccine was about 52 percent effective during the last flu season and about 60 percent effective the year before, according to the Centers for Disease Control. However, the vaccine can also lessen flu symptoms if you do get sick.
So, what's a good-intentioned, hopefully healthy