Has everyone now been hit & gotten sick from the flu and cold season this year?
Nope. Why? Cause I'm in the Southern Hemisphere - it's summer here.
Also, I'm a nurse, so the vaccination for the flu comes in handy, but we do tend to get everything going in a bad year...so hopefully not!
I got struck down the second week of January, in the middle of summer! I was sick for about a week. I do get flu injections and I believe they work. I am due to have another vaccination very soon.
Just about back to normal. That is as normal as I can be.
Had a right bad dose of something over the last 8 days and hopefully it's gone. It caught me by supprise, as in December I'd just finished my yearly one month course of Immune System tablets. Which leaves me in top form, but this one got me quite bad for the first time in almost ten years.
I have a kid in pre-school so yes.. I have gotten just about everything you can think of so far this year! Including RSV which was horrible!
Everyone I know but me. I used Lysol on every door handle, keyboard, etc. never got sick
We don't get the flu in our family, even in 'bad' years and we don't get any shots unless it's for a deadly strain of flu (remember H1N1?). I can't have the shots anyway... I have a lactose/egg allergy. I remember having the flu in 1990 (that was horrible!). Each of my teenagers has had it once. My youngest (age 8 yrs) has never had it. Maybe we had a superhero in our family tree and no one ever told us! No, there must be a reason... let's see...
We eat organic. Right there, you're eliminating cancer causing ingredients and other ingredients that affect you negatively. We grow much of our own veggies in organic soil in our home garden.
We take daily vitamins because it's impossible to get all nutrients otherwise.
We eat nearly all meals prepared from scratch with minimal starch/bread/pasta... When I say minimal, I mean those ingredients show up on the menu about once a week as a side item. We also only eat the gluten free bread/pasta. The kids probably eat bread a bit more than I do (they go through one loaf a week) for sandwiches.
We include almost daily these items (immunity booster and sicky-germ fighters) in our food choices: onion, garlic, lemon, spices.
We wash hands and clean with soap and keep the house clean (daily vacuum, wipe all counters and door knobs).
When we are in restaurants, we wash hands after meals, just before leaving, in case we touched an infected place.
We do a lot of laughing (funny movies!) and tickling (because it's fun!). Studies show that happier people are generally less sick. We don't bottle up anger. I'd say once a week or so, someone around here gets ticked off and let's everyone know it. Sharing upset is healthy if done respectfully and to get positive results. So, is venting in other ways, like journaling or exercising, which leads me to...
We exercise nearly daily for at least 30 minutes. I make my kids walk to/from their activities, too. It's good exercise for them, alone-time for me (a must for every parent's mental health!) and I get to save gas/time, too... super win-win.
So, if I were doing all this and still did get the flu, I'd see my doctor to check for immunity issues. Sometimes, people have hereditary issues they were unaware of and just suffered through that left them predisposed to catching airborne illness.
Kasman had a great tip I didn't think of - Wipe down your keyboard with disinfectant wipes. I might put a container of wipes on my desk now...
Cheers and feel better all!
Already down by it..The days are horrible with blocked noses and coughs. My day starts with sneezing and ends with that. Planned to attend a litrrary meet this weekend and hope that I will be able to attend that in spite of th
is flu attack.
I dutifully got my flu shot and then came down with a wicked cold (not the flu) a few weeks later. The flu shot makes perfect sense, but it doesn't mean a sickness-free winter.
I actually wrote a hub about the relationship between the flu season and taking proper steps to clean multi-user things around the house. I discovered that by not cleaning certain "everyday items" you are more likely to pass germs between family members. Being flu free comes down to taking regular precautionary strategies like washing hands often, covering one's mouth when coughing and staying home when sick and not trying to tough it out. Can even us clean-freaks get the bug--maybe but probably not as bad. Case in point, I got the bug late January but only minimally. I truly try to follow what I write --Deb
I've had a nasty cold but thankfully not the flu!! It's been quite a few years since I last had a bout of flu and hopefull it will be a few years yet before I get the next one!
I've somehow managed to avoid even a cold! I hope I can make it through the rest of winter still healthy!
I have not yet been sick with the flu or a cold. I don't know if it makes a difference but every morning I make an elixir recommended by Dr. Oz to take the real juice of a lemon wedge, 2 dashes of hot sauce and combine with 1/4 cup warm water and drink it. I've been doing this for a few months now except I take the juice of 2 lemon wedges because I want the Vitamin C. This elixir is supposed to detox the liver. I am thinking the Vitamin C may help ward off cold and flu.
I used to have a cold once a year, and every time lasted for one week: tears, running nose, tears, running nose... so uncomfortable!!! But for recent about six seven years, I had flu only once, which was on last New Year, and only lasted three days. I guess I am becoming stronger and stronger. I do physical exercises, outdoor and indoor; I never have vitamin additions, but I eat a lot bean and cereal products, vegetables, and fruits. I do volunteers, donations, keep smile on the face and heart in leisure...
Number one - Avoid, whenever you can, stressful situations, jobs, people that irritate you or if that's not possible find ways to deal with them .
Number two - Strengthen your immunity by using natural supplements (tea, vitamins C,E ) from healthy stores, improve your circulation with hot and cold showers in the morning, take a good night sleep or a nap whenever you have a chance - your body will be glad - that is the best mental and physical recovery as your body has its own abilities to recover or regenerate while you sleep. And remember, all those supplements don't work if you are under stress,so stick to this order.
Number three - find something that you like to do (start from small things) or find someone that you will love even a pet. Love and creation are the meaning of life ...and here comes health.
I hope this will help
It certainly seems that the flue has run it's coarse around here this year.
Currently have a cold. Knew I would get it. I am allergic to dairy all it takes is 4 days of accidentally eating something with dairy and I have a cold.
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