Think it through let's not panic

   Wash your hands with soap and water, especially after you sneeze or cough. Hand sanitizers that are alcohol based are also very effective.
   While it isn’t always possible, try to avoid people who are sick and by all means avoid touching your eyes and mouth and nose.
   Keep your kitchen, bathroom and kids toys clean. Don’t share items for drinking or eating and drink plenty of water. And, while it’s easier said than done, try to keep stress under control.
   If you do come down with the flu, either season and H1N1, there a few things you can do to treat it on your own.
   One is to stay home until at least 24 hours after you are free of a fever or the signs of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.
   Again, limit contact with others. If you have to go out, try and wear a surgical mask.
   Again, make sure you cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and if you don’t have one, cough into your upper sleeve.
   Make sure you get increased rest and sleep and drink plenty of clear fluids. This means water, not gin or vodka. It can’t be stressed enough to wash your hands with soap and water and use an alcohol based sanitizer.
   The flu may be coming but with a little planning and forethought, the effects may be minimal.
   Actually, Grubb is more worried about pertussis (whooping cough) which is a highly contagious bacterial disease that can be fatal for infants.
   It creates a sticky thick mucus in the airways that makes it hard to breath, eat or drink.
   It is known as whooping cough because people with the disease often make a loud “whoop” sound as they struggle to breathe through the narrowed airways.
   In 2007, more than 10,000 cases were reported and there are at least 25 known cases in Montana, although none in our immediate area.