This time of year sees not only finals, but often a charming variety of colds and flu going around. It never hurts to take precautions, even though this year hasn’t been terrible for the flu so far, according to the Google flu trend tool. (This nifty little device is Google keeping track of how many people are searching for information on the flu by location. It’s a pretty good indication of flu outbreaks.) We are at a low flu occurrence so far, but December has been a hotbed of flu activity before, so be careful. It is always a good idea to get a flu shot, which you can get from any number of places—doctor’s offices, drug stores, and there are even some opportunities here on campus.
If you do get sick, though, it’s a good idea to take to heart the words of our own Professor Orenstein, in her recent column in the Herald-Times ($). Don’t push yourself! Stay home, take care of yourself, and you will probably lose less productivity than if you try to work through the pain. Good health to all.