The Cold and Flu Season is upon us. However if you’re like me, you want to take every precaution possible to avoid it from hitting your home! Something I learned when chatting with Dr. Eric Troyan from Kaiser Permanente Orange County, was that Flu Season starts around October and can last up until March! So today, I have some tips to share with you on how to help prevent the Flu from hitting your home!
The Flu Shot – I know there are a lot of mixed emotions when it comes to getting this shot. Ultimately the decision is yours whether or not to get it. However Dr. Troyan said if you choose to get this shot; it is best to get it 2 weeks before the Flu Season starts (Flu shots tend to be offered right before September), as it takes a good 2 weeks for the shot to get in to your system. He also recommends getting the shot on a Friday as you may feel achy and tired as a result. (Yes, that is normal to feel those symptoms after the shot.) There is also a shot avaliable for young children and pregnant women. A good thing to note when getting this shot is that The Flu Shot does not prevent the common cold, but can prevent Influenza which can then turn in to Pneumonia.
Wash Hands – You want to wash your hands as often as possible (adults + kids). Keep wipes on hand as they are convenient for both adults and kids. Older kids as well as adults need to watch what they touch as 99% of germs are spread through the nose, mouth and eyes. The bacteria spreads with the touch of hands and face. So if you’re feeling a little ill, limit your contact.
Sleep – Everyone needs sleep. On average adults should be sleeping 8-10 hours a night. By doing so you are helping your body rest as well as helping your immune system stay healthy.
Food/Drink – Drink tons of water and eat your fruits and veggies! If you are eating the proper foods and taking the right vitamins this will help prevent colds but can also help your system fight the cold symptoms faster if you happen to get sick.
Children Under 5 Years of Age – This can be hard as they are so little, and not much can be done. As a parent we never want to see our children get sick. Dr Troyan gave some great ideas to help prevent as well as handle the Flu. One thing to note before you read the tips below, children do need to build up their immune system before 4-5 years of age. The more you protect them, the harder time they will have as they get older especially when school starts.
- Flu Shot (There are special shots for younger children)
- Vapor Rub
- Steam Shower
- Humidifier (Helps keep mucous thinner which helps to prevent ear and sinus infections)
- Eucalyptus Oils and Bubble Bath (Helps nasal passage to drain. Johnson and Johnson makes a bubble bath that works really well. It comes in a green bottle. You can get some here)
- Children’s Tylenol for over 2 Months and anything over counter for 4 and up.
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