The Flu is upon us and it is reported to be earlier and more deadly than in recent years. The most important thing you can do to protect yourselves and your family is to WASH YOUR HANDS often. Try to stay away from others who may be ill and stay home if you get flu like symptoms until you are fever free for 24 hours without antipyretic medications. Call your doctor in the first day or two so antiviral medications that only work at the beginning stages of the virus can be ordered for you. Stay hydrated and take antipyretic medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Do not give aspirin to children. Call 911 if you are having a hard time breathing or if your skin color has a bluish tinge to it. It is still not too late to get a flu shot..