I just recently returned from a trip to Memphis where I spent the  bulk of my weekend bundled up in a hotel bed and not in a good way! The flu, the common cold, the general "ugh" feeling can strike you anywhere. I found these hints to help keep it from happening to you and your family.

The much-dreaded cold and flu season is upon us. And if you’re like me, there isn’t any spare time built into the schedule to be sick. So how can I bolster my defenses against the germs lurking in the common areas in my office, the mall where I do my holiday shopping and the rest stops I encounter in my holiday travels?