Sunday, November 8, 2009

Flu Season Tips

With the numbers of people infected with both the seasonal flu and H1N1, lets take time to review some preventative measures from the CDC. The majority of these items are common sense and you probably do them everyday.
  • Cover coughs & sneezes with a tissue - dispose of the tissue.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently. If soap & water are not available, use a waterless hand sanitizer.
  • Stay away from sick people!
  • Avoid close contact (I like this one because I am a big proponent of personal space!)
  • Follow the 24 hour rule for being around others after a fever has broken.
  • Touch your eyes, nose, and mouth as little as possible.
The tips below are things that you might not be doing already, but they will boost your preventive measures. They are from an August 2009 lecture by Dr. Vinay Goyal.
  • Gargle twice daily with warm salt water.
  • Clean nostrils at least once daily with warm salt water.
  • Increase Vitamin C (either through foods or tablets) coupled with Zinc for absorption.
  • Drink plenty of warm liquids.

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