To your good health

Friday, December 9, 2005

Although flu shots have been more widely available this year than in the past couple of years, there are still some shortages of vaccine. Anyone wanting a flu shot might not be able to get one from the family doctor, but other doctors or clinics in the area may have vaccines on hand.

Medical authorities generally agree that it's prudent for individuals most susceptible to the ravages of influenza to get the shots: the elderly, persons with respiratory illnesses and so forth.

But whether or not you get a flu shot, the best prevention is still the good habits your mother taught you.

Wash your hands frequently, especially after using the bathroom. Keep your hands out of your mouth and eyes. Don't lick your fingers to turn the pages of a book or magazine. Avoid contact with anyone who has cold or flu symptoms. Eat properly so your body can build up resistance to germs. Get plenty of rest. Drink several glasses of water a day.

By following this practical regimen, you may still get a cold or flu, but your body will be better able to cope with any illness and your recovery should be speedier.

Good sense promotes good health. That's what your mother always said.

-- Nevada Daily Mail