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Flu Season: Stop the Spread

Updated on June 30, 2017
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From Upstate NY, Paula shares life & career experiences, w/ all the crazy, wonderful & varied results of our trek to be all that we can be.

Be vigilant.  Know the signs of flu onset
Be vigilant. Know the signs of flu onset

Now That You Have the FLU...Keep the germs to yourself.

If you've ever had the dreaded Flu Virus, you need no reminders, as to how totally wretched this illness is. Just the memory brings on a moan and the shivers....with a bit of paranoia, don't touch me, stay away, cover your mouth, I'm leaving.

During the height of the Flu season, the common courtesy greeting, "How are you,? takes on a much more desperate tone.

If, by some stroke of incredible luck or super-human immunity, you have never experienced a bout with this virus, congratulations. Read this anyway for future reference and the benefit of your loved ones.

Recognize the symptoms of onset

Aside from being painfully aware of the facts listed to the right, there are some vital medical terms and phrases you might use for your own confirmation as well as to alert others. Blah, Yuk, Oh, Barf and AhhhhAhCHOO, fall under this category. Also, this public service announcement can be helpful, "Help......I feel like crap.....I think I'm dying."

"My dose is aw tupped up."
"My dose is aw tupped up." | Source
Germ killing products...Chlorine bleach, Rubbing alcohol, full strength Lysol
Germ killing products...Chlorine bleach, Rubbing alcohol, full strength Lysol

Right! The Flu Shot is not a 100% guaranteed protection...but it helps.

Deciding whether or not to have a flu shot is up to you and possibly your personal physician. It's a controversial topic between those who swear by it and those who simply refuse to believe the shot protects us at all. For a long time, I said, "No," to this alleged preventative measure. Then, one flu season, the influenza bug took a bite out of me the size of Texas. This was when I made a promise to get the shot every year without question. In fact, one lonely afternoon in the midst of my near-fatal bout, as I put the finishing touches to my Last Will and Testament for my children.....I added this promise at the bottom of the page before signing..."If by chance I survive this flu attack........"

This is your opportunity to be a Hero as you diligently protect all other humans who may enter your contaminated space. You may be well aware of some of the tricks to disinfect and sanitize your surroundings and any thing or person you might touch. Nonetheless, the following tips can add to the list of helpful hints, as well as act as healthy reminders.

We can never be too vigilant.
We can never be too vigilant. | Source

Confine, Control and Contain

It may seem hardly necessary to suggest that an individual stay home when infected by the flu virus, or any contagious illness. However, we all know that man of steel and the unstoppable woman, who firmly believe that the world outside will crumble without their presence and contributions. It's just that there's the tiny consideration for the health and well-being of all those people highly susceptible to the nasty far-reaching germs. Resign yourself to the comforts and confines of your home.

Face the hard-core-proven-throughout-the-centuries fact. From the moment of the flu bug entry into our system to the incredible relief of exit, in the vast majority of cases, it is four to five days. You can stay home and take care of yourself, avoid spreading your illness to others and heal thyself for these few days, with very few additional issues.

This confinement at least, limits those who require protection to the people with whom you share this home.

A few Must-Have Supplies. Fierce fighters against Germs

Most of the items needed to control the spread of germs and maintain a safer environment, are things that most of us keep and use in our households on a regular basis. Ordinary laundry bleach is literally a killer. It can be (carefully) used full strength, on the majority of washable surfaces, but you can choose to dilute with a little hot water.

While it may be a bit of a bother, especially given how rotten you are feeling, it's quite important to continually wipe down hard surfaces with bleach. Rubbing alcohol is just as good for this, if you prefer. This relates to tabletops, counters, door knobs, keyboards, telephones and any thing you touch that can be wiped down with a disinfectant.

Any and all dishes, utensils, cups and glasses you use, place immediately into your dishwasher or a pan of hot sudsy water, to avoid the possibility of being used by others. More than one bathroom? Try to limit your visits to one in particular for the time being and suggest to all others to use the alternate facilities. Only one bathroom, requires repeated disinfecting and sanitizing.

Needless to say is that this is no time to demonstrate your undying love for anyone by hugging, cuddling, kissing or otherwise exchanging bodily fluids. Yuk. Which brings to mind boxes of tissue and a separate plastic bag to discard used tissues. All of this matters, regardless of what you may see as trivial. It is not trivial.

If at all feasible, without inconveniencing everyone in the house, sleep alone. Whether this be another room entirely or simply your own bed or reasonable facsimile. Sympathy and compassion may strike your significant other, who then offers to be the one who gives up the bed you normally share. How sweet. Remember this if and when they become ill. Keep the Karma flowing. I should add at this point, that it's a good idea to bathe or shower daily and change into clean clothes, tossing the worn items into the laundry at that time.

Remember when your confinement has been lifted, your particular sick room or space, should be scrubbed down with disinfectant and of course, all bed linens, put through the heavy laundry cycle with hot water, detergent and bleach.

Should this sound to you as though you're participating in a training course to work in a hospital, consider this: The average hospital is precisely where 90% of the nastiest, most contagious and often lethal germs are acquired! You and your family are actually safer and much more protected at home, using the methods described herein. Bottom line? There is no such thing as being too cautious when intending to control the spread of germs, in terms of illnesses.

When the patient is a child......

A sick child is another story with it's own considerations. Obviously, if there is more than one child it can be a considerable effort on the part of Mom and Dad, to keep the little darlings as apart from one another as possible, but it can be done. A note of importance here would be shared toys. You guessed it. If you can designate a certain number of toys exclusively to the sick child you have not only performed a miracle, it is the ideal situation. Otherwise and more realistically, all washable toys after playtime, go into the dishwasher or washing machine or bucket of hot water with soap and/or bleach. Bag the stuffed animals and put them out of sight for a while.

Soap and water! Hand washing. I must not forget what is well known as the single-most important activity for discarding those filthy germs down the drain for good. Lots of soap and hot water working up a good lather and rubbing your hands together for a full 2 minutes. This is the recommendation at numerous times throughout the day.

These are the basics. More power and protection to you if you add your own unique tricks to the basics. All that's left is to wish you healthy, happy and proactive.

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    Paula 15 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Au fair..You have an immune system made of steel! Lucky you~~although, (knock on wood) The last time I was sick, VERY sick, was 8 yrs. ago in February. I wound up in the Hospital with pneumonia. After which.....

    I decided on the pneumonia vaccine (good for 7 years) had my booster this year. I have not had so much as a sniffle since then.

    I also went for the shingles vaccine when I witnessed what my husband went through with this horrid & painful rash 5 yrs. ago. I understand it's a one-time vaccine, so what the heck......

    It's safe to say I'm vaccinated against pretty much everything that can viciously attack an old lady. Oh, well except for annoying people. By all means girlfriend, please let me know if you hear that one becomes available??! LOL..........Wishing you all the BEST for 2017....Health, happiness, a big Lottery win and the simple luxury of inner peace. Hugs, Paula

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    C E Clark 16 months ago from North Texas

    Great advice, and flu season should be upon us soon if it isn't already. I only got a flu shot one time, when I was 6. My father insisted me and my sibs still at home get one, because it was one of those epidemics where that's all they talk about -- the Asiatic Flu (1957 or so). I became ill and was sick for 3 months and nearly died from the shot. I've never gotten a flu shot since.

    About 30 years ago, one of my sisters who wouldn't dream of missing a flu shot got a shot for the Swine Flu. That particular year many people became ill from the shot and several died or had permanent effects from the flu. My sister did come down with the flu but overcame it with no lasting effects.

    I figure if everyone dutifully gets their flu shot no one will have the flu to pass on to me anyway. ;) I think I have had the flu one time since I was 6, about 25 years ago.

    I'm out among the public constantly and still I manage to avoid most of the nasty things that are passed around. Even when I was working with special needs children who sneezed and coughed on me continually, my 1000 mg daily of vitamin C seems to be all the protection from colds and flu that I need. Have had one cold that lasted about 6 days in the past 2.5 years.

    Anyway, great advice, and I hope everyone will get through this flu season successfully, healthy and happy on the other side of it!

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Au fait.....You are so "nice" to read my old hubs....since I haven't written one in months!! I don't leave anyone much choice but to read my oldies or just pass on by until I get BACK in the groove.

    Although it seems like I'm here a lot, the truth is, I merely hop on and off for a few minutes each time during the day & evening. Sort of like just stopping by to say, "Hello" and off I go again.

    With all the projects I have going on at home, I can't seem to find a good chunk of time to sit and compose an entire hub. That usually will consume the better part of a day and right now, I just can't spare that time.

    So, I thank you for dropping by and re-reading! You are a doll.

    Have a nice Sunday!. Peace, Paula

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    C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

    I've seen a few flew shot signs up beside the street and in pharmacies lately. I guess that means flu season is nearly here again. Incredible to me how many women do not wash their hands after visiting a stall in the latrine.

    Have you heard of Sister Pooh? She makes videos and speaks to groups (usually teachers and/or students) about a variety of things everyone encounters at least once in their lives if not frequently. She doesn't mince words. I think you'll like her -- a quick 2 minute video about hand washing:

    Had a cold last spring, the first one in almost 2 years. Hope I can go another 2 years before getting another one. Don't remember the last time I had the flu and I hope not to get a reminder. I hope everyone follows your good advice here so to make life more pleasant for themselves and the rest of us too.

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    audrey......Best thing is to STAY home...seriously. As much as possible anyway. I hope you avoid the germ mob.

    Wishing you and yours the best of New day, one moment at a time.. Keep smiling and thinking positive. I believe it's high time we are entitled to as stress-free a year as possible!

    Take care, Audrey. Peace, Paula

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    Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

    The flu seems to be making the rounds here right now--thought I would send this great article around. I hope you are having a wonderful holiday!

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Thanks dear. Stay healthy! :)

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    Karen Ranoni 3 years ago from Romeo, MI

    Awesome article, shared on twitter & facebook!

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hi glad you stopped by. I hope u & Hubby remain healthy all year long. I've noticed (and you probably have too) that the major Super Markets now have a containers of Sani-Wipes for shoppers to use...before and after shopping. Looks like some Companies are going the extra mile and paying attention!

    Have a spooky Halloween!....

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    Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

    Great advice (and so important, too!) Have had the flu once or twice before flu vaccines were widely available, and I remember feeling at death's door. It was pretty bad! Now I get the flu shot every year, and so far, it's kept the disease at bay.

    One thing my husband and I do as a preventative measure is keep a container of disinfectant hand wipes in our car. I'm sure we're not the only ones who pick up that bag of snacks or stop at a fast food place for some drive-thru fries? (Oh, we're bad!) Well, use those wipes after shopping and before picking up any food with your fingers! And be sure to wash hands thoroughly at home after shopping.

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Another week over. Have a happy, relaxing week-end. Monday comes much too quickly.

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    Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Happy Friday, Effer! :)

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Au fait......Thank you so much for sharing your experiences. I have certainly heard of individuals who became ill after the vaccine. While this has not happened to me, I do not fault anyone who will simply not take the shot again! It is curious how this occurs in some people and I have to wonder why. In any event, I like your logic of deducing that you needn't bother to get the shot!

    The year before I chose to finally get my 1st flu shot..I was I explained in my article and willing to try anything to avoid it in the future. This year I also got a "shingles" vaccine. That is a one-time vaccine. Also, every 10 years, I get the pneumonia vaccine. LOL

    I am as armed as a soldier ready for battle. (But I realize I can be bit by any ole bug that cares to attack me!)

    I understand the issues of employers and sick days, many cases it's simply not feasible to stay home. I also know the BIG germ culprits are our poor kids in school. It seems every year without fail, my grandchildren have a "relay party" passing the germs from one another until they've all fallen sick.

    Thanks for stopping by. Stay HEALTHY!!

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    C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

    The first year I started school the big panic was the Asiatic flu. 2 of my older siblings and I got the shots that year. I became sicker than a dog and nearly died from the shot. I missed at least 2 months of school as a result. Nope, I haven't forgotten it even though it's been many years.

    Back in the mid 70s people were in a tizzy over the Swine flu. Several people in the city of Milwaukee, including my oldest sister, got the shots and came down with the flu anyway. My sister was extremely sick but she lived. Some people didn't survive it. There were several deaths from that flu contracted by people who got the shot.

    I do think people should take every reasonable precaution to avoid getting the flu or any sickness. Hand washing is very effective and the suggestions you have included here are certainly in order. However, I think if someone is living with a person who has a cold or flu they are unlikely to avoid getting it at some point. Even so, one should make the effort not to get it and not to spread it.

    Many employers frown on people being absent no matter what, and many employees do not get sick pay and so can't afford to take the day off. Flu and other diseases generally attack more people in the less than affluent classes.

    As a result of my bad experience, and my sister's bad experience that reinforced my already solid suspicion of flu shots, I do not get flu shots. I'm one of those tiresome people who believes that if most other people get the flu shot then hardly anyone will get the flu, and so what do I need protection from healthy people for?

    I have had the flu a couple of times over the years in addition to the Asiatic flu that nearly killed me, and it was certainly no fun on either occasion, but neither was it as bad as the Asiatic flu.

    Lots of people at my work place have already succumbed to something. Flu shots were just made available 3 days ago, and not soon enough for some people, I guess. Or maybe the ill people had/have something else . . .

    Even though I work with many coworkers and many students and teachers daily, I have not had a cold or flu in more than a year. I missed only 1/2 day of work last year. Unheard of for me. I usually get a cold at least once a year, sometimes twice. Will see if this year will follow through with no colds or flu again, as well as no flu shot. :)

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    blue.......Yes, I see that ebola has taken a few lives just recently.....although not here in America as yet.

    I am no fan of pharmaceuticals myself. Never gave in to the flu shot, until nearly dying one winter. I then thought it may be a good idea to at least give it a try. Have not had the flu since then. Same with pneumonia. I had pneumonia 2 years in a row, the 2nd time winding up in the hospital (which I REALLY hate). Got a pneumonia vaccine 6 years ago and have breezed through the season. I believe the pneumonia vaccine is every 7 years. Whatever works is my mantra.

    The smartest thing is isolation and sanitation. Why spread it...or expose yourself to any further illness while your immune system is screaming for strength?

    Thanks for the visit blue. Appreciate your point of view.

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    somethgblue 3 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

    With the recent Ebola scare making the rounds here in America, this is an apt article. What I would like to point out is that more people die due to the flu (500,000 or so) than Ebola (850) every year.

    I haven't had the flu since a quit drinking over ten years ago and have never had a flue shot. I think this is because I refuse to medicate myself through the pharmaceutical industry, which I consider a scam.

    While I do not consider myself a homeopathic type guru of any sort, I have returned to a more natural diet which doesn't include the consuming of the decaying flesh of animals, hey if fruits and veggies was good enough for Jesus, who am I to question it?

    Another good'un, I can see why so many folks follow you, as opposed to conspiracy nutards like moi.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    gypsy.....colloidal silver is available here, as well...from any health food/or vitamin/mineral store. It's "good" for a lot of things. As for flu protection in particular, I don't know for sure, but I wouldn't doubt it. There are many natural & holistic products that people swear by and if it works for them, I am always open to trying things. Thanks Gypsy!

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    Gypsy Willow 4 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

    A friend of mine never gets the flu and she swears by colloidal silver. It is obtainable,e in NZ where she lives. Any thoughts on this?

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    It's really easy to be laid back about this. We always think that our immune system is like iron and we're not going to get sick.........until we get sick! Thanks for stopping by and for the follow & Fan Mail!

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    Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

    These tips are very valuable especially this time of the year and hand washing is vital. I usually try to follow the tips you mentioned but failed to do so this year and was not careful about contact when my kids had the flu although fortunately mild cases and then my husband. I did not make sure to clean all surfaces and then my turn came. At first I thought it was bad cold until the fever hit and getting out of bed became a challenge.Fortunately I am over it and will follow your tips from now on!

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Sunshine......I feel for you and your daughter.....and hope you are well now and STAY well. Where ever there are school-aged children, there are germs galore! My DIL runs a Day Care and IMO, it might as well be a CLINIC! Homework is not the only thing kids bring home from school!

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    Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Carissa and I are thinking we have a strain of the flu. Luckily we are over the worst of it. We think. We hope. We do know it was terrible, but we lived to tell about it! Woot!!

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Nell......I have heard that this happens to some people,now & then. The medical pros claim these incidents are all simply coincidental......that the shot does not spark a bout with the flu. But people who have experienced it, reject that. I can't blame you for not having the flu vaccine again!

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    Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

    Flu time is coming around again! and guess what? no way am I having the darn jab or shot this year! last year it made me soooo ill!

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    Jemuel 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

    Excellent and very informative! I also suffered from seasonal flu three weeks ago... and I think it's the worst flu I ever had. I had very high fever, cold symptoms and muscle aches. It was a really bad experience since I missed important appointments - all because of FLU. I was absent for almost five days because I just felt so sick by that time.

    I can safely say that I got the flu from the other family members. How I wish I have read this hub of yours just before flu hit me. Sigh! I should have prevented the flu from spreading. Well, I am now completely informed by your hubs. Promise, no more flu spreading next time :-)

    Thank you for sharing, it's really helpful.

    Voted up and followed you! I can't wait to read more hubs from you fpherj48.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    It IS your personal brilliant common sense....if you've not ever seen it in print or been told by a professional! ! I learned of this very vital info in the book, "THE pH MIRACLE, Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health," authors: Robert O. Young, Ph.D., and Shelley Redford Young.

    EXCELLENT book!

    I had originally purchased it for my beloved sister, after she'd been diagnosed with breast cancer. I eventually read it myself and gleaned a very valuable education!

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    Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

    Wot, You've read that in a book? And all the time I thought it was my personal brilliant common sense..... :)

    Good to know you're OK :)

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Wishing you the best of health...always, rajan, our special health guru!!

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Sound and sensible advice Paula, and this hub rocks! Sharing this ahead and voted up and useful.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York excellent remedy! Why, YES, of course "the alkali!" Such common sense.......I've recently read an entire book, on the health benefit of maintaining alkali order that inflamation of bacteria and virus cannot survive! Thank you for the great tip!

    btw.....I am doing OK, Martie, my sweet....moving closer to a full return. Each day, I'm taking the time to move a bit closer to my Hub-Loves, who have helped me heal! I love you too!

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    Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

    Oh boy, and here I come to hang my head in shame because I’ve missed this fantastic hub of yours. I will not even offer any excuses, just shoot me, fpher. I’m waiting.

    Yes, once upon a time I was one of those who firmly believe that the world outside will crumble without my presence and contributions, until I went into a partnership with the same kind of person and realized what a terrible, selfish habit it was. “For heavens sake, stay out of my breathing zone while you are ill. Go home. Come back when you are well again.” Every damn winter I had to fight like this for my own good.

    I know so many young (and old) people who have allowed those little flu viruses to damage their hearts and other organs irreparable. Some of them had died.

    But I have no problem with those who prefer to commit suicide like this; I have a problem with their sly way of attempting to murder others as well. Flu viruses are deadly weapons. They should be banned.

    BTW, I have a secret remedy that is quite successful. The moment I become aware of any flew symptoms, I drink 1-2 teaspoons sodium bicarbonate (backing soda) in a half cup of warm (not hot) water – every 4 hours. I believe this alkali changes the body’s PH-balance to a level where streptococci cannot survive. (The opposite level achieved by VitC.) It WORKS for me, so I only get flew when I don’t drink this muti in time.

    I believe you are fine, my dear fellow-Ram, and still heading forward in your sad circumstances, and almost ready to entertain us again with your awesome talents. But I am not pushing. Just saying that I love you....

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    MT....Hi there......I've been away for a period of time...and just getting back in the fold....Good to see you! IS hard to stay home, when the office work awaits us.....but in the long run, it really is best, both for you and your fellow staff! Keep telling yourself how much you DESERVE to be pampered when not feeling well!.........Take care!

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    Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

    These are all excellent tips to avoid cold and flu germs, as well as many other types of germs. It is difficult to stay home when you know you have deadlines to meet, but it is better for the office as a whole. Voted up.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Abby.......I'm familiar with ocsillococcinum......and I do know it's great stuff, for kicking the flu in the butt! A girl I worked with, years ago, told me that little health secret....Ever since then, I keep it in the medicine cabinet, every flu season.

    You know, there's so much out there about the flu shot......if it helps, if it doesn't.....the shot and kids or people over 60.....Who knows what to think? The only thing I can go by, for now, is that I had a killer case of the flu, 2 seasons in a row (didn't believe in getting the vaccine).....3 yrs. ago, I gave in and had the shot.....and haven't been sick since. Coincidence? LOL.....I don't know. and yes, it is different each year.....and so is the strain of the flu virus......Go figure.

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    Abby Campbell 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

    Thanks for a very useful hub, Paula. I have never gotten the flu shot and rarely have gotten the flu (knock on wood). Any sign of the flu within my family, we take Boiron oscillococcinum and Sambucol elderberry tablets. It has to be taken within the first 24 hours of symptoms, but those two products kick the tail out of flu symptoms.

    I don't know how true this is or not, but earlier this year, the CDC reported that the flu shot is only 9-56 percent effective, and the percentage goes down with age. Supposedly, the vaccine is only 9 percent effective for those over the age of 60. But, isn't the flu vaccine different each year?

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hi Vinaya..good to see you! Happy Traveling...stay well!

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    Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal


    I live in tropical climate, which means it is a flu season here. Besides, I'm also traveling in the mountains, where there is limited medical attention. I will remember your advice.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Ewwww.....hate the stomach flu! I hope your Gram snaps back soon. Thanks for stopping by. Have a Great day, Midget! Peace.

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    Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

    Was just talking to my grandma about this. She has gota bad case of the stomach flu! We really have to observe these practices so that it does not happen to us. Thanks for sharing!!

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York






    Hello, hello, to all of you wonderful people! As some of you may know by now, I've been "away" from HP for about a month and a half, except for a few very brief visits, here and there. (Quite sadly and suddenly, I lost my sweet hubby, Jim, on case you hadn't heard).

    I miss you all very much and want to get back soon and slowly become seriously active again. As I know you can all understand.....all in good time, as I am able to "re-adjust," to......just about everything in my life at this time. I'm working hard at dealing with the ups & downs. Becoming a victim of any sort, is not an option for me, so I'm going at the pace that is best.

    Thank you for commenting here, in your usual interesting ways....I'm always happy to hear from my hub-buds!

    STAY healthy.....glad you appreciated my tips against the nasty flu bug..............I'll be back. Until then, I'm thinking fondly of our community!


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    Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

    As someone who is slowly recovering from Influenza B I found myself nodding and muttering yes, yes, too right. , all the way through your hub.

    Excellent advice. Well done

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    Kathryn 5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

    On the news the other day, they said that this year more people (than usual) caught the flu despite getting the flu shot. Mostly the older people, too, the ones who are most vulnerable. Even though the strain they used for the vaccine very closely matched the type of flu that's been going around.

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    Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

    Yes, my daughter recently was very ill and the doctors really did not want to admit her as her immune system is so weak. They had to but rushed her out within a few days as they feared she would get sicker. There are new strains of flu and mersa that run rampant in the confines of the place that is supposed to make us well.

    Thank you for sharing this and passing along the info. Sending you many Angels tonight. :) ps

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    Connie Smith 5 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

    My Mom always told me, if you're sick do not go to the hospital! Thanks for all these great tips. I will share them for sure. Voted Up and Useful.


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    Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

    So very true about the hospital being about the worst place to pick- up germs. Great article on avoiding the flu, Effer. Anyone wishing some super tips on how best to avoid it will do well by reading this. The flu shots are controversial and should be by choice. I don't care for many of the components in them and have seen far too many people become really sick after getting one. But, to each his own and perhaps they do help some, folks should just do their homework on them first.

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

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    Hello Ladies! It does present a real challenge to have school-age children. Yes, they do come home as literal Germs carriers and you can't guard against them all. My Daughter-in-law, runs a Day Care!! From Sept to March, she and my grandchildren are walking Viruses. One would think that after awhile...and repeated illnesses, your body has finally reserved immunity to most bugs.

    But this is the clincher.....New bugs keep a-coming. That norovirus is one of them and it's intestinal and just awful.

    We can only do what we can do and HOPE for the best. Thanks for the visit, girls! Good to see you.

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    Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

    Hi Paula, I had the most terrible flu this year, then I got whooping cough! it was really bad in my town, even though I kept washing my hands, using hand disinfectant and everything. There was a survey on tv where they used blue dye to see where kids put their hands in the house, and when they checked the germs were everywhere! that's the trouble with kids and why they spread it so badly, great hub and tips votes all the way!

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    Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

    With a child in school, forget about any tips. She brings home every germ and often shares with us. I can't tell you how many times I have wiped all the door handles down this winter only to have her get the Flu type A. Amazingly she did not share with me or my husband so maybe I did something right with my cleaning.

    Up and useful because this stuff is still out there and I recently read about a new norovirus that no one in the states is immune to yet. Yeecccch.

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York





    Hello Everyone! Thanks for the visit. I always enjoy your comments. We just have to "remember,"......1st. Take care to do the things we all know are HEALTHY, to keep our immune system in great defense mode.... Eat well, fresh air and exercise, get enough sleep.....have a positive attitude and remain spiritually grounded. Some extra supplements/anti-oxidants/vitamins......and keep our bodies and surroundings as germ-free as possible.

    Like I mentioned, the flu shot is a choice....but I learned the hard way that it's not a bad idea at all!

    Here's to GOOD health, always!

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    Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

    Every time season changes, I catch flu. I'm going to memorize your tips.

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    Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

    Paula, you made me think of the SARS virus some years ago when all schools had to close because of a major flue infection. It can be dreadful and totally debilitating! Thanks for sharing!

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    Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

    Extremely useful tips, Paula.

    My son got the viral but at a lower intensity even though he got the flu took him a week to recover. Thank heavens, we managed to push this virus out of our house and no one got bugged down by it...thanks to my constant cleaning/wiping surfaces and opening windows for circulation.

    voted up as useful/interesting

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    Vickiw 5 years ago

    fpherj48, enjoyed your article. It is easy to develop quite a flu phobia when you are surrounded by people who seem to touch every surface available, right after they have touched their noses, or wiped off the stuff after a powerful sneeze. Sometimes I hesitate to even breathe until I hcan exit the vicinity of a sneeze. I was my hands very very often, especially during the winter. Thanks for a fun flu reminder!

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York are such a sweetie. I always enjoy your stay well!

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    vocal coach....Poor, poor, Audrey. I feel for you....really. Hang in there, my friend.....Be lazy, sip-sip-sip on herbal teas with honey and water with lemon, soak in warm bubble baths and envision a sunny beach.

    This is professional advice. I got my medical degree from ebay. Considering some of the doctors I've seen in my day, they did too.

    Get BETTER!

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    hawaiian......What a boost you have given me, with your generous compliment! I thank you......what writer doesn't love to hear sweet things?

    I fully intend to stay well.....& you do the same. Of course, in my imagination, no one ever gets sick in a paradise, named, "Hawaii." I envy you so..........Thanks for the visit, especially considering it's 20 degrees here, with snow up to my kneecaps! You're a pal.

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    IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

    voted up up and away! Very informative and useful Paula dear. thank you so much for these info!

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    Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

    Achoo - sniff, sniff - ohhhhh! No sing'in for this girl. Everything hurts. But I did get my flu shot so I expect a light case. You've written an excellent reminder regarding the flu. It's too bad the person that gave it to me didn't read this :)

    How come dogs don't get the flu? (questioned by someone who's head is filled with everything but brains.) Right now, that would be me. Ok.

    Going back to bed - this is one bug I don't want to go viral.

    Cough - cough! Hugs from a distance.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    I like your style of writing. You would make even a grocery list sound intriguing. Thank you for the sage advice. So far, so good, and I know the walking has to be challenging my immune system to get stronger and better. Stay well, fpherj48. You're making a positive difference here in the Hubsville community.

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Tireless....You are wise and proactive. I can honestly tell you, if I were traveling by plane, I would wear a facial surgical mask, once on-board. Regardless of what it looks like, or what people may think.

    My son travels for business quite frequently.....and it seems that every instance, he will pick up "something"......sinus, throat,'s ridiculous!....Thanks for the visit. Bon Voyage.

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    Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

    Excellent ideas. Getting on a plane tomorrow and I am hydrating hydrating and hydrating some more. Taking lots of EmergenceC and will wash wash wash the hands. Going to link to my hubs on the flu.

    Grocery stores rank up there with hospitals as places to catch germs.

    Everyone goes to the grocery when they are sick.

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

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    OK.....Two healthy ladies who have never had the flu? That's really something. The flu is a regular New York resident.....obviously due to our drastic season changes and the winter is the worst!.

    Hospitals are awful! I can't tell you how many people I know, who went into the hospital for surgery, and wound up picking up such horrendous infections, like MRSA and C-Def.

    It's really bad when you don't want to visit a friend in the hospital!

    Keep up your germ-free life, girls!!

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    Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Hi Effer! I never did and never will get the flu shot. I also never had the flu. I also never want the flu. I appreciate you sharing some tips on how to avoid the flu and the ones who have it need to just hibernate and stop spreading it. It's so aggravating being in hospitals and doctors offices and people hacking away and not being considerate enough to wear a mask even though they are supplied to the patients FREE of charge. Also fist-bumping should become our customary handshake...I do NOT want other people's germs, so instead I shake and sanitize. I'm a bit of a germ-o-phob, can you tell? In addition, I need to keep Dave safe and sound! Great hub my SFAM! :)

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    Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    I've always been pretty lucky as far as the flu goes as I never seem to get it. I've only ever had one flu shot and that was only because my doctor cornered me and wouldn't let me leave his office until he administered the shot. Aside from all of that .... I think anyone that has the flu should stay home and not infect everyone else. All of your tips are excellent and I'm all for printing out your hub and distributing it. I think I'll start at the hospital emergency room where so many people are hacking without a care in the world of who they pass their germs onto.

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    drbj....Don't ya love it? If there are 49 well people in a room and one sick guy....yours truly, invariably sits next to him. We should carry a can of RAID with us...and spray anyone who dares to cough or sneeze in public!...LOL......Thanks for your comment...always amusing, doc.

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    GypsyW......I have heard that Vit D is not a bad idea to take during the winter months, due to the lack of sunshine. There are thousands of suggestions and claims, circulating everywhere. We should Take heed of them all, as long as they are safe and make sense. Often, we can hit on a trick that helps to relieve the discomfort!

    Thank you so much for you input. Stay healthy!

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    drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

    It might be a good idea, Paula, for all your readers to print out a copy of this important hub about flu prevention and give it to everyone you see who is out and about although coughing, sneezing, hacking or otherwise doing their best to spread virulent flu germs. Excellent suggestions herein.

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    Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

    Excellent advice. Vitamin D is lacking in the winter so could be a clue to its prevention. Thank you!

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Kathryn.....You have spoken very valuable, true hard, facts! Common sense about this issue is a must. Companies are responsible for replacing employees who are sick at home.....and let's hope that they are grateful that no employee brings a contagious illness to the work place! It can only add to their problems! Thanks for your comment.

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    Kathryn 5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

    Very good information and tips. I have never had the flu, fortunately, although this was one season that I regretted not having the flu shot. It was one good thing about not having a job for a few months- less contact with the public.

    In the past I have been guilty of going to work when I was moderately sick (usually a cold), because my former bosses would be very unhappy when people didn't show up to their shift, and I was very loyal to my job. In retail it is really hard to stay away for long, because everyone is needed. But at the same time, people who have the flu (or any other contagious condition) should not put their co-workers and the public at risk. And I have come to realize that even though I am valuable, companies have back-up plans for when people are sick, and it is their job to take care of it. And I am more valuable when I am not sick. If I get other people sick, it creates a lot more problems than not going into work for a day or two.

    I hope people realize how risky the flu is, and how to reduce the spread of it. If I got it, I would do everything I could to contain it.

    Very useful Hub, thanks.

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York










    I thank each and every one of you for taking the time to read this hub of "reminders." Looks like we're all in agreement of the importance of sensible efforts to combat the spread of the nasty flu virus.

    I'm always concerned most, with the very young and the elderly, who are unfortunately very hard hit by the flu, with less ability to fight it.

    Because viruses seem to be stronger than ever and spreading more rapidly, this truly is a huge public health issue.

    I wish you all.....Health and safety.

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    carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

    What a great job here with so much good advice. Thanks for sharing all of this and I also think it should be a must read. Spreading...better than spreading flu...

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    sweetie1 5 years ago from India

    Very informative and interesting reading .. with swine flu round the corner , it is really very nice article.. sharing with my followers and voting it up.

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    Paul Richard Kuehn 5 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand


    These are all excellent tips for stopping the spread of the flu. Of course, the best way is to get immunized which will really help in preventing coming down with this dreaded virus. For the past 18 years, I have been getting a flu shot almost every year. On the few occasions when I didn't get a flu shot, I came down with the flu. It is necessary to get a shot every year, because the strains of flu which are prevalent change each year. I highly recommend a flu shot for anyone over the age of 50. For those over 60, they should also get pneumonia and shingles innoculations. Just a few months ago, one of my teaching colleagues who is about 62 came down with the shingles which is very painful. Voted up and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning.

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    Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

    Paula, this is very wise advise. I especially like your suggestion to stay home if you are sick. It is very discomforting when out in public and you have to stand in line behind someone who is sneezing, sniffling or coughing. let alone having to work around them. Your humor added a good touch to this post. Although, I do hope that people get through this flu season quickly, no fun to be sick.

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    We have been lucky here so far, but it is purely luck. Your suggestions are sound and need to be followed. My best friend is down right now with this virus, and it is a nasty bastard.

    Thank you for spreading the word my friend.


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    Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

    Okay, I had the flu once but never the flu shot....I have to get it this year because of anticipated problems with the new grand baby. I try to avoid crowded places and when I do have to go shopping I make sure I use hand sanitizer. This was actually fun to read and only you can make a hub about the flu amusing and fun to read! Your additions to the list of facts and your suggested public announcements had Paula written all over them...btw regardless of health status, separate beds are not working in this house, especially in the winter! Really GF you know what cold is!

    Hand washing, vitamin D and if someone does get sick stock up on Lysol spray and spray everything!

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    Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

    Hi Paula,

    Great suggestions here for this dreaded virus which can kill. I have been lucky (touch wood) but have had flu on and off but not regularly. i have always sworn by having enough Vitamin C and B's and have found they have definitely warded off the nasties. My dad gets the flu injections now and find it does the job. Voted Up +++++ Great job!!!!

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    John Coviello 5 years ago from New Jersey

    Voted Up and Awesome! I couldn't agree more. While the flu shot carries some risks and is not 100% effective (this year only 60% effective), the flu carries a lot more risks than the flu shot. Tens of thousands of people in the U.S. die from the flu each year. This is not an illness to be taken lightly. Flu shots also have the benefit of continuing to protect you years later from future strains of the flu.

    My research into preventing the flu and colds has revealed that taking a high doses of Vitamin D supplements (3,000 iu or higher) offers a lot of protection againts both of these wintertime illnesses. Vitamin D levels in the blood are low in the wintertime for people that don't take Vitamin D supplements because they aren't producing it from sunlight. Vitamin D is a strong stimulant to the body's immune system and is particuarily effective in preventing colds and flu. I started Vitamin D supplements before last winter, and over the past two winters (last and this one), I have avoided colds and flus.

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    Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

    Great advice Paula. I did finally get my flu shot 3 weeks ago but I know I can still get it. My wife reminds me, wash, wash, wash your hands. This should be required reading for everyone so that we can all help to prevent the spread of the flu or any virus. Great job. VU, sharing, etc.

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hi Jaye....So far, so good...(knock on wood)....Got my flu shot, take antioxidants, eat well, get my rest, stay "in" as much as possible.....and keep my fingers crossed. Actually, staying in is EASY when the temp is near Zero...brrrrrrr. I don't mind winter, but this super freeze is seriously unpleasant!!

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    Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Excellent advice, Paula. Avoiding the flu should be top priority on everyone's list, particularly the elderly, the very young and those with compromised immune systems. As you mentioned, flu can be a killer.

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