Much like this winter that doesn't want to let go, flu season is hanging on this year, so Mainers are urged to take precautions.

When I was growing up, my Grammy Campbell would comment on any mild winter that she wished it would just snow. The snow cover, she said, helped prevent people from getting sick. Now, I don't know what the 'science' is behind that old wives' tale, but it sure seems to have come true this year. We've had very little snow and plenty of sickness. Colds and flu grab hold this year and just don't want to let go.

The Maine Center for Disease Control said this week that flu season is not over and, if you haven't done it yet, you should consider getting a flu shot. There have been 36 new hospitalizations attributed to the flu and 6 new outbreaks, so health experts say it's important to continue to take precautions.

The flu shot, according to Maine Center for Disease Control's Dr. Siiri Bennett, is your best protection against the flu. But there are other things you can do to lessen the chances of catching the virus. Wash your hands often and thoroughly, and cover your cough, preferably with your sleeve. In addition, she urges folks to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth because that's how most germs are spread.

If you do get sick, Dr. Bennett says you should stay home until you've gone 24 hours without a fever. This will help you to completely kick the virus, and will prevent your spreading your flu to others. For more information on the flu, log onto the Maine CDC's website.