With this being one of the worst flu seasons on record, it is imperative that we know how to protect ourselves against the flu. If you think you are covered by the flu shot this year, think again. It only covers some of the strains, and even those you can still get (just on a lesser scale).
So how do you protect yourself from getting the flu and other respiratory viruses?
First, let’s cover the basics: covering your mouth with your hand may actually spread more germs, because then every surface you have touched between that time and the time you wash your hands has now become a breeding ground for bacteria. Rather than coughing into your hand, cough into the inside of the elbow. This protects three sides of possible distribution, and it isn’t at risk of touching and handling objects as much. Wash your hands frequently. We all know this, but one other tool to help with this is an automatic soap dispenser, so that you are not touching the pump with your infected hands. When you have one or more people in your home battling the flu, they should have their own hand towel for drying their hands. Keep your toothbrushes from touching one another, and be sure to replace them once the bug has left the building (not just for those that were sick, but for everyone in the house). Use disinfectant wipes to wipe off door handles, light switches, remote controls, phones, handles and buttons on just about anything sick fingers could have been touching (appliances and cabinets etc). Spray disinfectant on your soft surfaces like couches and pillows, and be sure to wash bedding. I add peroxide and vinegar to the wash. Using a humidifier helps not only to make the sick family member feel better faster, but it makes the dust and air particles heavier, so they don’t fly around as easily and reach non-sick family members. Another very important point to make is that if you are running a fever…keep to yourself.
Don’t go to work or school within 24 hours of having a fever!
This is the time that you are the most contagious. Some doctors recommend that if you have been exposed, to increase your intake of vitamin C and Zinc. Now I’m not a doctor and don’t pretend to be, so just check with your own doc, but I cannot imagine that eating more fruits and vegetables would be bad for you when you are trying not to get sick. Hopefully these tips will help you lessen your chances of getting the flu this season. Please leave any questions or tips in the comments section!
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I’m April, a wife and mother of two. Since the end of 2010 I have been battling autoimmune diseases: and facing those have left me with limited physical abilities, limited energy, and limited funds; so I created this blog to document my journey : to simplifying my life, hopefully finding tips and tricks and resources to help save me time, money, and energy. I am hoping not only to share my journey, but to inspire others with similar challenges. Personally I think everyone would welcome ways to save time, money, and energy, but to some it is imperative. The content you can expect to see includes life hacks, organizational and time management resources, tips and tricks to saving money, ideas and resources for making money doing simple tasks or passively, and simple inexpensive gift giving ideas. To those of you who may be concerned that this may just be one big pity party, I want to be clear. I have conditions that have altered my abilities, but this is about taking as much control over my life as I possibly can, and to make it a positive experience. I will not however, turn anyone away if they ask about my illnesses specifically. Perhaps they are newly diagnosed, and need some advice that I haven’t shared. I encourage those individuals to contact me any time. I want people to be able to positively bounce ideas off of one another to make it a blog that everyone can benefit from.