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Frugal Tips To Prevent The Flu Virus

Updated on November 6, 2016

Stratford Ontario

River scene, You can stroll around the whole Victoria Lake.
River scene, You can stroll around the whole Victoria Lake. | Source

How To Stay Safe From Flu Viruses

No matter where you go in your hometown, mine is Stratford ON. There will be Flu viruses. Your Kids can carry the flu from someone at school and then spread it to you or someone else when they don't even appear to have any symptoms themselves. Any surface you touch can be loaded with germs this time of year from people coughing and sneezing and not covering their mouths. Washing your hands is the cheapest and best way to help to stop spreading flu viruses.

Influenza is several contagious virus diseases showing respiratory or intestinal discomfort. Do you think fighting the flu by getting a flu shot or spraying the house with disinfectants is all you need to do to prevent getting sick? Think again.

Getting a flu shot does not prevent you from getting the flu, but in the case you get the flu, the symptoms will not be as sever or last as long as someone who never received the shot. If you have elderly parents or small children in your household, they are the most at risk and if you truly love them and want to see them stay well, make sure you get one every year.

Wash Your Hands

Always wipe down your steering wheel of the car with lysol wipes to disenfect it after a shopping trip.
Always wipe down your steering wheel of the car with lysol wipes to disenfect it after a shopping trip. | Source
Never read magazines in a Doctor's office. Sick people have sneezed all over them.
Never read magazines in a Doctor's office. Sick people have sneezed all over them. | Source
School and hospital doors are always contaminated. You can find the disenfecting wipes just inside the doors and please use them before entering a public facility.
School and hospital doors are always contaminated. You can find the disenfecting wipes just inside the doors and please use them before entering a public facility. | Source

How to Improve Your Health

Disinfectant wipes come wet in a container you can carry in your vehicle. It is a great idea to put them in your pocket to wipe off the handles of shopping carts... a big germ collector. In addition, if you use the facilities wipe off the knobs of the doors before entering and it you can avoid facilities please do. They are the most contagious whether in shopping malls or airports.

When you get back to your car from shopping, wipe the steering wheel and use a fresh wipe to clean your hands. The more times you clean your hands the better you will be.

Only blow your nose once in a tissue then discard it. If you have to cough or sneeze be courteous and COUGH into your elbow. Also if you feel sick... STAY HOME.

AT HOME:

At home, it is important to use a waste paper basket for discarded tissues. Do not spread germs all over your home by leaving tissues everywhere.

Empty garbage more often and spray disinfectant on doorknobs and high traffic areas of your home.

Above all wash your hands when you come in the door from anywhere, taking out the garbage, going to do laundry, visit the neighbors, any time you enter your home.

The proper way to wash hands is to sing row, row, row your boat an old favorite song three times while lathering your hands with soap, then rinsing. Teach you kids this. This is a requirement for washing your hands before cooking in a restaurant. I had to learn this to receive my Food Handling Certificate.

If you do become sick.

STAY HOME and drink lots of fluids so you do not get dehydrated. By staying home you won't spread the virus to your co-workers. When I worked in a Nursing home, if we did get the flu virus we were required to stay home for five days. This is hard when we need the money, I know, but in a Nursing home it is mandatory.

Yogurt helps to keep your stomach calm and so does Coca-Cola. Take some Tylenol or aspirin to relieve your fever. Dry toast or cracker will also calm a sick stomach. The best cure for a sick stomach is lemons. Using an acid to fix an acid really works. Try it.

Sometimes when we get sick it is hard to determine what it is. Heartburn could also make you think you have flu symptoms.

Rest in bed. Some of these suggestions might sound a little overboard but if you stay well through flu season then it is worth it to you family. So please help you family and get the flu shot. I did last weekend.






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    • suzzycue profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Britton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you ChitrangadaSharan. The best way to help your immune system is regular exercise. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Nice and useful tips, on how to stay safe from seasonal flu. I think flu can occur anytime and keeping our immune system healthy and strong helps us not getting infected. Getting a flu shot is a good idea.

      Thanks for sharing this hub.

    • suzzycue profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Britton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for your comment livelifeworryfree. It is always the small things we do that can help keep us healthy. The hardest thing I learned to do is never to touch my face when out in the public with my hands. This is the worst habit you can have to let germs in your system.

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      Princess Clark 

      5 years ago from The DMV

      I used to be one sick person during flu season. I thought my middle name was "catching germs" because if they could fly I caught them. Now I healthy and well by following many of the tips in your hub. Hand washing and public sanitation is key. Do it and live healthy. I wish I would have had this hub earlier, I would have avoided years of fevers, chills and cough but someone will definitely catch on to the wealth of wellness found in this hub and live healthier. Thanks!

    • suzzycue profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Britton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Yes I agree it is a lot easier. Thanks a lot for your comment and the chuckles ,Dolores Monet.

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      Dolores Monet 

      5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      During flu season I used to go wild with bleach - I'd clean door knobs, woodwork, all surfaces people touched. What a stink! With the disinfectant wipes, it is so easy and sure smells better!

    • suzzycue profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Britton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you Sueswan and right back at cha! Healthy, Happy prosperous New Year to you also!

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      Sueswan 

      5 years ago

      Hi suzzycue

      Some very useful information how to prevent the seasonal flu. I believe in preventive methods like washing your hands. I have never had a flu shot. I know people who think that if they don't get their flu shot that they will get the flu. Unless, one's immune system is compromised, our bodies own antibodies can fight off the flu virus.

      Merry Christmas and all the best for a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

    • suzzycue profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Britton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you vocalcoach. I am proud of you for doing it. We all need to try to prevent illness to our loved ones, friends and co-workers.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I'm proud to say I follow your advice completely. I know that by doing so, I have seen a big improvement in prevention of illnesses. Thanks for the tips.

    • suzzycue profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Britton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      B.Malin Thank you. Carry lysol wipes with you everywhere you go and you should be safe from the flu. It is a bad out break this year because we have not had the cold days to kill the germs. A very mild winter so far here in Canada eh? Today is a balmy 8 Degrees Cel. or 40 degrees fah, way to warm for this time of year.

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      b. Malin 

      5 years ago

      Since Lover Man and I do Not get the Flu shots, I will Follow your Advice Suzzycue. Really Good and Practical suggestions. Thanks so much for sharing this timely Hub.

    • suzzycue profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Britton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      vespawoolf-Thanks for stopping in and and I appreciate your comments a lot. Stay well my friend. You are going strong. Keep up the great work.

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      vespawoolf 

      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      These are great suggestions: disinfect doorknobs and surfaces at home, throw away dirty tissues, sing row-row-row your boat while washing hands and stay home while you're sick. I love the yogurt and lemon suggestions! I've taken everything to heart. No flu shots for us. : )

    • suzzycue profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Britton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Glimmer Twin Fan Yes that is usually the way it goes. The best thing you could learn is never touch your face when you are out shopping. It is very hard to do but very good to stop germs from getting you. Stay well my friend and thank you for stopping in to comment.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      5 years ago

      Good tips here. I have wipes around the house. Chances are my daughter brings something home from school and then we all get it.

    • suzzycue profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Britton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @lipnancy Thanks a lot for your comment. You better get your flu shot this year. It is already starting to be a rough one claiming six deaths already and thousands are sick in the lower states of the USA.

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      Nancy Yager 

      5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Great tips for all of us to follow. I think that we all forget each year and need to be reminded.

    • suzzycue profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Britton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ always exploring thanks for your comment. That is just awful to close a school. When there is a high risk flu factor , they shut down the nursing homes and the hospitals in my hometown. No one can get in to visit and if you do get sick you can only enter by Emergency ward only. Everyone needs to get the shot to stop this extreme flu happening.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Great tips. I got my flu injection a month ago. My son tells me they are going to close the school in Pocahontas, Ark. due to so many out with the flu. Thank you.

    • suzzycue profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Britton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ Shiningirisheyes Thank you... so sorry you got hit with the flu. Yes keeping counters, door knobs and high traffic walls wiped with lysol wipes kills 99% of the flu germs and bacteria. I appreciate you stopping in to comment when you were not feeling good. Always nice to hear from you and stay well for the rest of the winter my friend.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Suzzy - I am completely anal when it comes to disinfecting and keeping my areas clean yet guess who got royally slammed with the flu last week - me.

      I think if more practiced the helpful hints you provide, others may not get sick as often.

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