With new products ready to keep pesky bacteria at bay this cold and flu season, along with tried-and-tested tips, there's still no sure way of stopping the germs — especially if you've got kids. Parents seem evenly split between opting for the vaccine and fighting the flu with their own methods. Being prepared is the first step to staying healthy this cold and flu season. Click through for simple tips and a few products, that might make your life less sniffly this Fall. What's your family's secret sick-busting weapon? Leave a comment below and share!
It's hard to believe, but if you look around you'll notice that in addition to falling leaves, it's also cold and flu season, and just about every pharmacy is offering a flu shot to those who want one. With kids back in school, stuffy noses are popping up all over the place — even at my home. While simmering a big pot of homemade chicken soup and offering my daughter orange-juice-filled sippy cups, calling the pediatrician to schedule a flu shot seemed like the smartest thing to do this Fall season.
But is getting a flu shot the best way to prevent getting sick this cold and flu season? With the vaccination needing two weeks to take full effect and the height of flu season due to hit mid-October, scheduling the shot sooner rather than later ensures your lil one may be protected. Even if your tot gets vaccinated, she's still at risk of getting the flu, making the shot an opportunity to expose her to various strains, which might come with side effects including rash, headache, fever, and hives. With many parents still nervous about vaccinating their kids, getting a flu shot is once again a hot-button issue.
Reducing exposure to the virus is the best way to prevent the flu. Eating healthy, spending time outdoors, enjoying regular exercise, and washing hands can also reduce the chances for catching the flu. But kids are social butterflies, making hitting the local playground, playing with friends at school, and even visiting the grocery store during the flu season big opportunities for exposing kids to thousands of germs.
Tell the truth — does your kid get a flu shot each year or do you take the risk that they might get sick?
It's the time of year when our co-workers, family members, and fellow commuters are sniffling and sneezing with wintry illnesses. Our immune systems remain challenged during cold and flu season, and sometimes we just can't fend off a sickness even if we've been doing everything we can to prevent it. Have you stayed healthy this Winter?
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What's the truth behind "sweating out a cold"? Sometimes when I am sick, people suggest that I go for a run or something to sweat it out, but it seems like my body is a little weak and that's the last thing I should be doing. Is this just a myth or is there any truth to "sweating out" sickness?
– Miss Myth
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It is not only a common courtesy to wipe down machines and equipment after using them, it is a posted rule at many gyms. I am not sure about your gym, but I am fairly certain that most of my fellow gymmates are not pulling their weight (pun intended) and cleaning up after themselves. Have you ever thought of wiping them off before you use them? I am a germ-a-phobe and with flu season raging on, I have started to wipe off equipment, focusing on handles and buttons, before I use it. It may be a little anal, but it's better than catching a nasty bug that someone else has.