Thursday, January 10, 2013

Severe Flu Season - An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

Anyone notice we're in the midst of a severe flu season?

Of course, you do. How could you not? It's all over the news and there are signs telling us to "Get Your Flu Shot" almost every where you go.

So what can you do to help prevent the flu on the homefront?

  • First, wash your hands--A LOT. Unless you're a germophobe, we sometimes don't stop to think that we can pick up germs from shopping carts, door handles, even the money we handle (and do we really want to think about what the kiddos are bringing home from school?). Then we touch our nose, our eyes, our mouth in the most innocent of ways and voila!
  • Next, take the time to disinfect the things everyone touches around your home. You can use disinfecting wipes, Lysol, bleach...whatever will get the job done. Wipe down counters, faucets, door knobs, the flush handle on the toilet, light switches, refrigerator/over/dishwasher handles, remote controls, computer keyboards...any hard surface those germs like to latch onto and take up residence.
  • Cough/sneeze into your elbow, not your hand.
  • Eat healthy and get plenty of rest. Your body needs these basic things to keep your immune system operating at peak performance.
Speaking of eating well, tomorrow I'll be sharing the perfect recipe for cold, flu, or any other season. After all, chicken soup is good for more than just the soul.

Have you had your flu shot? What steps are you taking to keep the flu at bay?

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