Keep your snot to yourself, please.

Look, there’s just no way around it: it’s a bad flu year. And flu sucks, right? But it’s preventable!

Do YOU know the single most effective way to avoid getting the flu?

That’s right. Wash your hands.

Okay, the CDC maybe hasn’t mastered the art of the entertaining public health message. But the Maine Medical Association has:

Hey, while we’re talking about it, get the vaccine too – it helps prevent flu, but mostly it helps protect your community.

Other effective prevention strategies include getting enough sleep (7-9 hours per night – and if you think you can’t afford to spend that much time sleeping, just think how much time you’d waste having the flu!), eating lots of dark green leafy vegetables, and getting some exercise.

Also, avoid licking people who have the flu. I know it’s not always possible, but… try.