Our View: Use sensible approach to flu season

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Craig Editorial Board, October 2009 to January 2010

  • Bryce Jacobson, newspaper representative
  • Joshua Roberts, newspaper representative
  • Collin Smith, newspaper representative
  • Karen Knez, community representative
  • Ken Wergin, community representative
  • Kenny Wohl, community representative

With the weather turning cold and the long months of winter quickly approaching, the intrusion of cold and flu season soon will start becoming a factor in daily lives, if it hasn't already.

Whether it's children coming down with an illness and missing school, co-workers and employees missing time from work, or residents themselves being hampered, cold and flu season inevitably has an impact each year on the community.

This year, in particular, there is a new so-called menace stoking fear among the masses.

H1N1, or as it's commonly called, the swine flu.

There is certainly no lack of information out there about flu season in general and the swine flu in particular - watch a news broadcast or visit a news Web site and you're not likely to have trouble coming across the latest news and speculation.

But this kind of attention, while informative, also can be detrimental. It can cause panic or fear among many people, especially in this case, when it appears vaccine supplies will be limited.

With such a logjam of information out there, information that many times is at odds, the Editorial Board believes people are best served by making their own decision when it comes to the flu, and whether to get a flu shot.

If someone is uncertain about the effectiveness of the flu shot, that person is probably better off not getting one and doing other things to stay healthy - things such as maintaining good hygiene, eating right, exercising and, perhaps most importantly, keeping a positive attitude.

On the other hand, if a flu shot will alleviate a person's fears about the illness, then getting a shot is probably not a bad idea, if for nothing else than peace of mind.

Taking personal responsibility for oneself and one's health, the Editorial Board believes, is a sensible approach to an issue that, given the assorted stories and differing beliefs regarding the flu, can quickly become irrational for some.

And now for a more festive subject

On Saturday, Craig will be buzzing with Halloween activities.

This is a festive time that offers residents a chance to see children decked out in their spooky, playful holiday garb, but also one that should represent caution.

The Editorial Board would like to remind residents to be safe Saturday not only with their own children, but other people's, as well. Be careful on the roadways and slow down.

And if you're bored, come check out downtown Craig when children parade through the area collecting treats from local businesses.

Have a fun and safe Halloween everyone.

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