Saturday, January 23, 2021


Rookie Mama: The flu is nothing to sneeze at

You’ve probably seen those signs posted by doctors’ offices indicating that five of the easiest ways to spread germs are at your fingertips.

Yes, frequent hand washing remains one of the easiest defenses against catching and spreading a cold.

It’s so important particularly now that flu season is in full gear.

The flu is an especially catchy tune right now, but it’s music to no one’s ears.

It’s been labeled an epidemic; and one reason is because the strain used in this winter’s vaccine is not quite as strong as past years’.

This is absolutely not to say you shouldn’t get the shot—it’s still very important to get the flu vaccine, which will protect you from other influenza strains, and help build up your immune system. According to the CDC, getting vaccinated is the single best way to prevent the seasonal flu.

Like all other shots, they’re no fun to receive for that millisecond pinch, and more cringeworthy to watch it be administered to your young child.

But then it’s over. You may have a sore arm for a day or so, but really, the worst of getting the flu shot is behind you.

If you catch the flu, it’s here to stay for quite a bit, rendering entire families sick.

So help stop it in its tracks.

And in the meantime, remember to suds up.

At the very least, Purell up: keep some hand sanitizer handy.

Avoid close contact with those who are sick. If you or your children are sick, stay home from work or school to help prevent your colleagues or your kiddos’ fellow kiddo classmates from getting sick, too.

If you cannot avoid people while you’re under the weather during this dreary weather, cover your cough—and remember to cough or sneeze into your arm, not your hands.

So take precautions. If you or your children start showing symptoms, stay home, get the soup on, and get your Disney binge-watching on.

And if you’re healthy and you know it, Disney binge-watch anyway.

Like a runny nose, there’s nothing you can do but let it run its nasty course.

— Michelle Cote is an award-winning, nationally syndicated columnist who enjoys cooking, gardening, design, and living room dance-offs with her husband, two sons, and a puppy dog. She can be reached at

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