Monday, January 18, 2016

Your cold and flu therapy

A Vanderbilt infectious disease guy named William Schaffner, MD, says go ahead and snuggle up with your dog or cat if you're sick with a cold or flu.

He didn't prescribe a therapy animal, but said it is way unlikely that someone petting the animal after you glommed all over it would get the disease. And the animals won't get the flu or a cold.

You really need to breathe or sneeze on the person within three feet--leave Fido and the pussycat out of it.

Also watch the handshaking (with your fellow humans).

Oh, and just as the pets got immunized against diseases they actually get, you should get a flu shot against a disease you can get.

 I am not woofin' you!

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