While Marjo was on vacation in sunny Las Vegas, NV last week, I was suffering from some form of the flu, (although I was never officially tested for it). I say this because, for the first time since 2005, I was bedridden for a good part of the week! Must have been the flu, right? Can the common cold cause achy muscles and fatigue? Although I never spiked a fever, most told me, I, most likely, had the flu.

Most winters, like most people, I come down with some sort of head cold, chest cold, and/or scratchy throat. With a little help from some good food, extra vitamin D3, and some lemon ginger shots, it usually clears up within two weeks.

Even though these days, one can't go a day without hearing an ad for a "free" flu shot, I have never gotten one. Maybe I just don't want one. Maybe I have known people who got the flu immediately following their shot. I know, I know, it was a coincidence, they were gonna get the flu anyway, it was already incubating within them.

Now, I wouldn't consider myself an "anti-vaxxer", but I have seen enough people get influenza after inoculation, and not get the flu with no flu shot, to just not get one and wash my hands. This comes from the berkshireeagle.com. 

Flu shot or not, basic hygiene remains crucial to warding off all winter ills. Health experts say it begins with hands-on prevention.

If you want to get a flu shot; however, check out this video from Public Health Nurse Manager for the City of Pittsfield, Kayla Donnelly Winters.