September is Flu Month
While seasonal flu viruses can be detected year-round in the United States, it is most common during the fall and winter. The exact timing and duration of flu seasons can vary, but activity begins to increase in October. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February and can last as late as May.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. And the best defense is a good offense - a flu shot. Protect yourself and your family. It can take about two weeks to develop immunity, which is why you should get a flu shot before the season starts.
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Want to experience a taste of the islands, but don't like the idea of eating mystery meat? Try this month's Teriyaki Tofu Musubi, a teryaki-glazed tofu version for a snack you can feel good about. Tofu is a great plant-based source of protein and the glaze provides a flavor punch that doesn't feel virtuous.
The recipe recommends using a "musubi maker" or a sushi mold, which creates tightly-packed blocks of rice that won't fall apart when you take your first bite. They're inexpensive and you can find them online or at any Asian market. If you can't get your hands on one, try shaping them by hand or using a small plastic rectangular food storage container as a mold, but it could get messy!
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