No one likes the flu and, especially, how it makes you feel.  Unfortunately, the flu season punches us in the throat around this time every year due to the colder weather.  That said, grab your Gatorade, saltines, and chicken broth because it’s about to get nasty.

CT Post reports that Connecticut’s flu season continues to ramp up but it hasn’t reached widespread levels… yet.  Although, you know it’s only a matter of time before state health officials hold up the red card.  For now, you have time to stockpile the goods you’ll need to pamper yourself when the flu knocks on your door.

As of now, the state DPH says flu levels remain on a localized level.  However, the total amount of new cases jumped from last week, from 85 to 94.  If you live in Fairfield County, that’s where the most flu cases reside.  So far, Fairfield County leads the pack with 44 confirmed cases.

Hartford County trails behind with 24 new cases last week.   As of now 39 of those overall cases required hospitalization.

Considering the hyper contagious nature of the flu virus, we know we have about two weeks left before things get ugly.  On top of that, one of the strains just so happens to be the same H1N1 virus from 2009.  You know… swine flu?

Had it.  Hated it.  Lost 10 pounds thanks to it.

It took out practically all of Loyola University Maryland.  My campus turned into the perfect place to film a horror movie because it was so empty.  And, if you strained your ears, you could hear the faint moaning of the diseased.  Seriously, that bug spread so fast, even the Dean wrote a letter pleading the student body to stay in their dorm if they had so much as a sniffle.

We were still working on our listening skills back then, though…

Anyways, the best way to prevent the flu from spreading is to stay home when you start showing symptoms.  No amount of hand cleaner or face masks will protect your classmates and/or coworkers from your disease.  Don’t become a Typhoid Mary because no one likes a Typhoid Mary.

Plus, people tend to remember who gave them what… and I’m not talking about Christmas presents.

Although, if your work forces you to come in despite your illness, that’s their fault.  Looking at you, Chipotle.

So, do yourself a favor and head to the grocery store to load up on saltines, chicken noodle soup, Gatorade, and flu relief medicine.  I swear the people who aren’t prepared for flu season tend to fall prey to it first.  If you stock up, maybe the virus will see how prepared you are and avoid you out of respect.

Then again, that’s like thinking that you can beat a hangover by chasing each shot with water.  It’s still five shots in an hour, Becky.  AKA – depending on your liver/immune system, it’s all a gamble.

That said, if you want to bolster your chances against the flu, grab a flu shot.  Health officials encourage all young children, those with weak immune systems or health issues, along with those 65 and older to get a shot.  But, everyone is welcome to have one if they want it.

As for which states where flu season is already riding high, that’s Louisiana and Oklahoma.  Their DPH officials declared both states as having a widespread problem.

If you’re curious about whether or not this year will be as bad as last year, worry not.  Health officials say America will see an an above average flu season, but it won’t be severe.   Country Living has more about that if you wish to read the literature.

So, there you have it.  This year’s flu season will be bad but not as horrible as last year’s.  Then again, the flu virus does mutate faster than most other viruses, so it might throw us a curve ball later in the season.

But we’ll just have to wait and see about that.  Until then, grab a flu shot if you want to avoid falling ill or stock up on the essentials just in case.

Either way, we have time for both so use it wisely.

What do you think? Comment below