Everyone should be paying some attention to the recent increase in reported Influenza Like Infections (ILI) as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported numbers are rising rapidly. A cold is manageable with symptoms which we are familiar, but the flu is like you have been run over by a dump truck. Severe body aches all over which could last for a week or more, etc. I am not a doc, so I will leave the medicine to those who are qualified, but I am an emergency planner. The numbers reporting flu symptoms will soon reach pandemic proportions here in the U.S. Already, Europe is reporting the flu as a pandemic. Watch this flu virus. Get yourself a home flu kit (aspirin, Tylenol, Aleve, mineral fluid replacements, Imodium-D, etc.) or what ever your mother would use to help you through.
If you are vulnerable to the flu with a weakened condition, it would not be a time to be visiting the mall for a morning walk. There are precautions that you can take that will lessen your chances for the virus, mainly washing your hands a lot, avoiding crowds, and especially avoiding neighbors and family with flu symptoms. Care giving is one thing that we all sign on for as a parent or a spouse, but you should not expose yourself needlessly. Please watch the news and read the newspaper for information. Take care of yourself and family.