Shoo, flu, don't you bother me!

Summer never looked so good, and I would even take dealing with sand gnats over that nasty flu bug. 

This bug is very angry and doesn't seem to care who it attacks. 

Seems like every time you turn around it has been attacking you or someone you know. 

This year, there have been several different characters playing the villain role in this flu season.

 This flu season has been awful, terrible, horrific and gruesome. All of these words are ones I can use without them being edited out of this column. 

Those strains of the flu are unfortunately claiming lives and looks like the season will be here for awhile longer. 

This bug is no ordinary bug. You can't spray it and knock it down to kill it or swat it away. 

If you start to get the symptoms, it's not how it used to be when you could just stay home and rest and self medicate as it  eventually goes away. 

You have to bring in the big guns to attack this flu bug. 

If you get sick, make sure to contact your physician, and go to the doctor's office if it is advised. 

One new way to combat this aggressive flu is not going to the hospital but instead seeing a doctor via a video visit. 

The Guardian had a front page story about this last week, so be sure to read all about it.

You should also read about all of the precautions offered by Hampton Regional Medical Center to help you hopefully avoid that angry bug. 

If you decide to do a video visit, this is a way in which you can see a doctor whenever and wherever you need them. 

This new technology can certainly come in handy during the worst flu season to be seen in our country in a long time. While there's a fee connected to its use, that's a small price to pay for some advice and help right at home. 

While you could have a video visit, it is also important to follow some of the main tips to avoid the flu. Make sure to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze and please wash your hands throughout the day with soap and water and use hand sanitizer. 

Those are just a couple of the most important tips to at least try and avoid that mean flu bug this year. 

Shoo flu, don't bother me.