We just wrapped up the Thanksgiving holiday season and once again I had to brave Black Friday shopping. One of the things I’ve always hated about shopping on Black Friday, besides the crowds are the people that constantly cough without covering up. With the weather changing to be much cooler that usually signals cold and flu season. For the most part, I’ve been able to avoid it until this year. About two weeks ago, the flu put me down for an entire week and I couldn’t do anything but go to work, come home and lay in the bed. After that bout with the flu, I’ve made sure that’s something I don’t encounter again or have my family to come down with it. Just as I’m typing right now, my daughters and mother are now getting sick. Here are a few things to do to either prevent getting sick or get better.
Get the Vaccine
It’s been called the single best way to avoid getting sick. For me personally, I’ve never gotten the Flu Shot for personal reasons and I’ll probably never get it either. I’ve talked to several people who’s had the shot and most of them will tell you that they love it. The Flu Shot will protect your body from the flu before it gets to you.
Wash Your Hands
This is something that can’t be stressed enough because you’re always have germs on your hands. We are always touching our face, eyes, nose or mouth with our hands throughout the days. Our hands encounter germs throughout the day, so it may be smart to keep hand sanitizer also. You’re probably in the public bathrooms, touching doors, be around people that cough and sneeze, plus take in account that others may not wash their hands.
Teach Your Kids About Washing Hands
My two of oldest kids have reached the age of understanding the importance of washing their hands. My youngest daughter is in middle school and I’m constantly preaching to her about washing her hands. Finally, she asked if I can always keep her hand sanitizer on her backpack always. All kids don’t have sanitizer so it’s important to tell them to lather their hands with soap when washing them. Just to make sure they understand, show them how to correctly do it.
Keep Everything Clean
When you have kids, this is by far the most difficult one to do. Around my household, we’re always disinfecting things all the time because germs live everywhere. As a family, we take a few minutes out of the day to clean the house. Those few minutes you take to clean everyday could go a long way in preventing that flu bug.
Create Healthy Habits
One of the things that have helped me avoiding sickness is rest. This is something that made me laugh as a youngster, but it’s very much true. When you get at least 8-hours of sleep a day you have a better chance of not catching a cold. Whenever you get your proper rest your immune system gets stronger and fights off infections. A well-balanced and nutritious diet is great for the body as it helps your immune system.
Choose the Right Medicine
Every year around this time, we tend to stock up the cabinets with Mucinex. We usually keep Maximum Strength Mucinex always since it actually works, and my entire family can vouch for it. Mucinex is the #1 Doctor Recommended and OTC brand in America. Unlike other medicines, you only have to take one tablet every 12 hours with a full glass of water. Mucinex should only be taken by adults and children 12 years of age and older. Mucinex helps thins and loosen mucus, relives chest congestion and helps with your coughs. Mucinex is available everywhere you shop like Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Target, Sam’s Club, Costco and all major retailers. Check out their website to learn more about Mucinex and all it can do it for you.
Are you fully prepared for the cold and flu season in Georgia? What are some of the things you do to help fighting the cold and flu? Will you try any of the ideas that were presented? Leave a comment below.