Psalm 41:3 – The LORD sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness.
A new bug that originated in China has made its approach to the U.S. This can cause us to become afraid. Some say to get a flu shot, others say it won’t help.
If you do get a flu shot, it doesn’t mean that it will protect you from a new flu. If you don’t get a flu shot, it may mean that if you get the flu it will last longer than those who get the shot.
Medical choices can be difficult. When in doubt, ask your doctor what he believes is your best choice of action. Something simple like washing your hands vigorously after a trip to the store may help the flu from reaching you. This also applies to a trip to see your doctor. And even more important if you must go to a walk-in clinic or if you end up at the hospital.
If you’re the one who has the flu, stay at home. One sneeze or cough is all it takes to pass on the bug. Wear a mast if you must go to the doctor or hospital if you are the one who has the flu.
You’ll find a host of ways to prevent getting the flu from cdc.gov in their article, “Healthy Habits to Help Prevent Flu.” A couple of their suggestions you may already know include: Washing your hands, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. This is especially true when you are away from your home or after a visit from a friend who is showing signs of the flu. This blends into another suggestion avoid close contact with people who are sick, cover your mouth and nose if you’re the one who has the flu and stay at home if you have the flu.
During flu season it may be difficult to avoid the flu, but by following the advice above and by reading the link I’ve included in my, “Learn more” section may help.
Sometimes you can’t avoid getting the flu, and if you do, know like the Bible verse above says, “The LORD will sustain you and restore you from your bed of illness.”
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.