HealthLinks Charleston Nov/Dec 2019

44 | SL 12 | C H A R L E S T ON CO U N T Y M E D I C A L S OC I E T Y THIS FLU SEASON Arm Yourself By Theresa Stratford There’s a chill in the air and a chill in your bones. As you get cozy on the couch under a blanket, bring the tissues. You’re going to need them. It’s that time of year again – cold and flu season. Are you determined not to catch those pesky viruses this year? The ones your co-worker likes to spread around the office each winter? Or the ones your children bring home from school? We talked with Dr. Robert T. Ball Jr., MD, MPH, FACP, adjunct professor of infectious diseases and public health at MUSC, to find out how you can stay healthy during this very sick time of year.