When I was a child, and you heard about your young classmates being out with the flu, it was a concern.

Back then, if you had the flu, you had a fever, aches, vomiting, coughing, runny nose, etc.  You were probably stuck in bed, and were held back from school for a while.

It does seem that the definition of "The Flu" has changed over the years.  I do not recall having the flu for quite some time.  Could not tell you the last time I had a fever and vomiting, although I do get an occasional head cold, and just need to let it run it's course.

Last year’s flu season was the lowest on record, likely because COVID-19 measures — school closures, distancing, masks and canceled travel — prevented the spread of influenza, or because the coronavirus somehow pushed aside other viruses.  But expect it to return this year.

So with that being said, it is encouraged to get a flu shot, and make sure to keep your hands washed, wear a mask if you still feel like you should, and if you are feeling sick, stay home from work or school.

The states with high flu activity are New Mexico, Kansas, Indiana, New Jersey, Tennessee, Georgia and North Dakota. For more info you can click HERE for info from the CDC.  Let's hope the residents of Missouri do not end up on this list.

The CDC has made it clear that it is perfectly safe to get the flu vaccine at the same time you get your COVID-19 vaccine.  So you can get some help against COVID and the flu, and get your shots.  Masks will help too.  Stay safe this winter.

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