The fall season is only days away. New York City kids are headed back to school and TV networks and cable channels are rolling out their new fall schedules. What else is approaching? The beginning of an unpredictable cold and flu season after the end of the overhyped swine flu pandemic of 2009.
The possibilities of getting sick lurk nearly everywhere in the city: classrooms filled with germy children, close encounters with frazzled runny-nosed commuters cramming into subway cars, and offices where workers fear taking time off to recuperate.
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1) You will get sick. According to researchers at Harris Interactive, a new study shows 85 percent of American adults wash their hands in public restrooms, an eight percent increase since 2007. Even with this improvement, chances are that viruses often triumph over dutiful hand-washing. Nevertheless, adhere to good health habits to decrease the possibilities of getting sick.
2) Your social life will suffer. Catching your roommate’s cold is bad enough, but sitting, bedridden, as you watch them get ready for a night on the town after they got better from a bad cold is vicious. Also, while I feel bad if a friend gets sick, I don’t want to hear them complain about it. I get it, you’re sick, please stay home and take care of yourself!
3) Your bank account will diminish. When you’re sick, you’ll spend money on drugs, doctors’ visits and not to mention the cost of missing work or school. Vaccine experts recently voted for all people over six months of age to get the flu vaccine. Yes, the flu vaccine’s effectiveness is controversial, but it is still recommended, along with good health habits, as a prevention method. Doctors, health clinics, and pharmacies are already beginning to distribute the flu vaccine.
Listen to hip hop artist Fatman Scoop and his wife, Shanda take preventive action against the flu.