Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Cold & Flu season. . . .

Well we all know that with the lovely coolness in the air that we all so enjoy also comes an enemy hiding beneath the cool night air. Yep, unfortunately along with those pleasant evenings also comes cold and flu season. I was nebbin (don't ask) through one of my fav mags the other day and saw a very good article on ways to stave off germs and keep yourself flu free. I thought I would post a few.

  • Pen - keep one with you and use it to sign credit card receipts or filling out checks for those pre-holiday purchases. Just think, when you use a pen that hundreds of others have used before you, you just might also be latching onto the cold or flu bug left behind by someone else.
  • Plain old soap & water - use regularly to keep the bugs away. Believe it or not after a Naval Health Research Center study required Navy recruits in Illinois to wash their hands at least five times a day, they had 45% fewer cases of respiratory illness.
  • Paper towels - you all know that the number of people that actually wash their hands after using a public bathroom is probably a lot lower than what people say. So, avoid touching germs left behind by using a paper towel to turn off the faucet after washing your hands and also use a paper towel to open the door on your way out.
  • Flu shot - I know that if you poll 10 people the number of yeas and nays will probably be split down the middle. These shots are especially important for those with chronic health conditions like diabetes, heart, anemia, kidney, or lung disease. If you are unsure if you yourself should have a flu shot, by all means discuss this with your Doctor.
  • Hand Sanitizer - this is great when you can't wash your hands. The key is to use a "sanitizer" and not just an "antibacterial". The difference is sanitizers kill bacteria and antibacterial only prevents them from growing.
I hope some of these little tidbits will help each and everyone keep the cold & flu bug away!

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