Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Tips To Stay Cold and Flu Free #lysolcoldandflu

The first cool days of fall already have me bundled up.  I am not a big fan of winter and cold weather.  Not only am I always cold, but there are so many germs that go around.    We do our best to stay cold and flu free in our family by doing the following:
  • Get the flu shot.  Yes, every one of us gets it.  In fact, my daughters already had theirs and my husband will get his at work.  I will probably use a walk-in clinic at a pharmacy.  The great thing about it is that most insurance companies will pay for it 100% even if you have high deductible insurance.
  • Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands.  I have trained my children from when they were very little to wash their hands whenever we come back from some place or if they have been playing outdoors and come in.  We also wash hands before eating.  When we are out, we also wash our hands when we can.  Make sure to use soap and warm water.  We like to sing the ABC’s so we know we have washed long enough to kill the germs.
  • Carry wipes.  If there is no soap and water, we like to have wipes on hand to wash our hands.  Just throw a pack in the car to have with you at all times.
  • Eat healthy.  Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables helps support your immune system.  I offer my children apples, bananas and raw carrots for snacks.
  • Get plenty of rest.  Lack of sleep wears you down and wears down your immune system.  Getting sleep will help you to stay healthier.
  • Air out the house.  At least once a week, even in the winter, I open several windows to allow fresh air to circulate through the house, hopefully blowing germs out.
  • Wipe down door handles, sinks and counter tops frequently.  Also, don’t forget the keyboards! This helps cut back on germs.
  • Get outdoors as much as possible.  I know—it’s cold out there. 
  • I wipe down shopping carts.  In addition to cold and flu germs, there are also all sorts of nasty bacteria on the shopping carts that you will kill in the process.
  • Carry hand sanitizer in your purse and car.  If you don’t have soap and water or wipes, this will help to cut back on germs.
  • Wipe down the gym equipment before you use it, not just after.  My gym has spray bottles of cleaner and a rag to wipe down the equipment after use.  I like to squirt it on first, too, making sure to get anything my hands will touch.

These are my tips for staying cold and flu free, what are yours?

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