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From the Health Team: Cold & Flu Season

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
November 19 2019

Here we are again, right at the onset of cold and flu season. We are all interested in things we can do to keep ourselves and others healthy. Of course, we always start with the recommendations from the CDC, not only to protect ourselves, but others who cannot take the vaccine.

  1. The single best way to prevent the flu is to get your flu shot as soon as possible. The flu vaccine is not only proven to prevent or lessen the effects of influenza, but also the data shows it lowers one’s risk of pneumonia, which can be a consequence of having flu.
  2. Next, wash your hands frequently. While flu virus is airborne, it also can live for a time on hands, doorknobs, stair rails, tools etc. It’s very common for both children and adults to put their hands in or near their mouth several times a day, creating peak opportunities for passing on a virus.
  3. If you do have a cough, be sure to cover it with a tissue or your elbow sleeve to limit the chances of passing it on.

 

Not everyone can take the flu vaccine, such as babies 6 months and younger and persons with certain health conditions, but there are some lifestyle practices that can be helpful.

  1. Be very respectful of touching babies. There are times its better to look at the darling little creatures, without touching.
  2. It’s alright to not shake hands, but to greet others warmly or even try a good-natured elbow bump.
  3. It’s very important to stay home when you are ill.
  4. Get plenty of rest and don’t over-do during this very busy season.
  5. Be sure to stay hydrated – drink more water than usual and possibly dab a little food grade oil, such as coconut oil or saline spray in your nostril openings to keep them from drying out.
  6. You can also learn acupressure for the immune system. Don’t forget, our own Nicole LeClerc teaches classes weekly in A Little Space Yoga and Tai Chi upstairs on the Third Floor.

 

Here’s wishing you all a healthy and happy NO-FLU season!