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TOPIC: Influenze outbreak
OUR VIEW: Not too late to start the fight
It can come on with a rush or a whimper.
And then soon enough, the flu bug has taken over your household. Flu season is upon us and its grip on our health not only can be nagging, but long lasting.
The Centers for Disease Control reported that flu season got a jump start this year and has covered much of the country at a widespread level. Only Tennessee, Hawaii and the District of Columbia are below the widespread stage, according to the latest CDC flu report.
Thousands of people die each year and influenza is particularly hard on people age 65 and older. Young children also have difficulty in fighting off the disease.
There are daily precautions everyone can take to assist in staying away from the flu, according to the CDC.
It is not too late to receive a flu shot from your doctor, at a pharmacy or the Lincoln Trail Health Department
And if you know you are sick or on the verge of having the flu, be courteous enough to others that you don’t, for instance, go to a movie theater where you are enclosed and are coughing and sneezing, spreading your germs to others.
The flu is something that always should be taken seriously for your sake and for the sake of everyone around you.
This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.