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Press: Here Comes The Crud

We've had so much sunshine, some people have actually started to complain about the monotony of blue skies and warm temperatures. Well, all that monotony is expected to be flushed out of North Idaho this weekend, with showers and cooler temperatures heralding the October weather most of us have come to expect. And not far behind are the bugs. Flu bugs. October marks the opening of flu season in these parts, a literally sickening seasonal disorder that inflicts its nastiness on vulnerable denizens. Our message today is simple but important: Please, get a flu vaccination. For adults, they generally run about $30 at most local pharmacies - a small price to pay for a Get Out of Sickbed Free ticket from now through May/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

DFO: I couldn't agree more. I plan to get my flu shot ASAP. I don't catch crud years I get shots. I catch crud once or twice in the years that I don't. It's that simple.

Question: Do you plan to get a flu shot this year?

WashYourHandsington

With a nod to the 1950s, the state Department of Health has a campaign to fight flu that almost begs for mockery.

. OLYMPIA – The state Department of Health has a message for flu season: WashYourHandsington.

The agency’s campaign reminding people to wash up, cover their coughs and get a flu shot is summed up in a slogan that puts “Your Hands” between the “Wash” and the “ington” in the state’s name. It comes complete with posters reminiscent of a 1950s tourism campaign, a radio jingle and an Internet video.

Cheesy? A bit silly? Easy to make fun of? Yes to all, says Tim Church, department communications director. Radio talk show hosts have made fun of it, and comedian George Lopez did a takeoff.

But it gets the point across, Church says. When people call to say they don’t like this campaign about washing your hands and getting a flu shot, he contends “they may not like it, but they’re getting the message.”  Jim Camden, SR

Do you think posters reminding folks to wash their hands, do any good?

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