Do what we can to stay healthy

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We can never be too careful when it comes to sickness. But sometimes it can take us by surprise and leave us in very rough shape.

Tim Bozon, for example, looked thinner when he was released from the hospital than when he was admitted.

The NHL prospect and WHL player was checked into the hospital in Saskatoon when he was diagnosed with Neisseria meningitis on March 1. He celebrated his 20th birthday last week.

The Regina Leader-Post recently ran several articles relating to Ebola and viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHFs) or a group of illnesses caused by several distinct families of viruses.

Not too long ago, the Times-Herald ran several stories on measles and flu vaccines.

Those are only a few of many, many different viruses that can affect us. There are different strains of the flu and countless other diseases. Depending on our age, immune system and severity of the disease, the outcome for those affected by it can vary wildly.

We have been able to rid our society of certain diseases. That is a very good thing.

However, it’s also possible for certain viruses to come back. If enough kids or adults don’t receive vaccinations against those viruses, they can come back. Sometimes, viruses can mutate and develop a resistance to the vaccination.

Viruses we haven’t heard of for years can make a comeback.

We do not want this to happen. It’s important that we do everything we can to protect ourselves. By extension, we need to protect everyone around us.

Even when it isn’t flu season, we need to stay up to date on our vaccinations.

Beyond that, we need to remember to wash our hands regularly.

Cover coughs and sneezes with the crook of your elbow. Get plenty of rest and stay hydrated. Exercise regularly.

We hear the list of what to do over and over again, but it needs to be emphasized yet again. It’s an ongoing thing we need to do.

We can’t prevent ourselves from ever getting sick. But we need to decrease our chances and that’s something we can all proactively do.

All Times-Herald editorials are written by the editorial staff.

Organizations: Times-Herald, NHL, Regina Leader-Post

Geographic location: Saskatoon

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