It’s true: this is a really, really bad flu season. Forty-seven states are currently experiencing widespread flu epidemics. It’s also a particularly rough year for Norovirus. (As in the highly contagious intestinal virus that can lead to intense bouts of vomiting and diarrhea.) Good times. So we asked AAP fellow (and MD Moms co-founder) Dr. JJ Levenstein to get us up to speed on the strains, the symptoms, and the spread.

Read on for her indispensable tips about to survive the H3N2 strain of Influenza A and the gnarly Norovirus.