The flu has hit Gurdon, so take precautions when you go out in public.
At Thomerson Drug and Gift Store employees seemed quite busy during the week after New Year's, “We have seen a lot of flu,” said one worker.
The Gurdon Clinic reported light flu activity.
One family that was hit hard by the flu over the holidays had a rough Christmas Eve with a trip to the emergency room in Arkadelphia. The flu started with a grandchild and spread through the family all the way to the grandparents.
Arkansas Department of Health Officials are still recommending the flu shot to those who have not been vaccinated stating, it is still effective, get the shot now, if you haven't already.
If you are sick, stay at home. If you do go out while you are ill, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, however, don't cough or sneeze into your hand. Using your hand can spread germs every time you touch a surface, instead cough or sneeze into your elbow.
If you are caring for someone who is sick, clean surfaces first and then disinfect. Counter tops, doorknobs, keyboards and telephones are all areas that can carry germs. Also bathrooms and children's toys can carry germs and if you are sick you should throw away your toothbrush and get a new one. Pets can also carry germs if everyone in the family is handling the same dog or cat.