Preparing for the Cold and Flu Season
Part 1 – The Basics
Fall is Here…..And so are Cold and Flu Viruses!
I know, I know,……its only August but the kids are already going back to school from their long summer break which means Fall is just around the corner. I love fall, the crisp air, the leaves changing colors, pumpkin spice, and Halloween; Fall is probably my favorite season overall.
But with the cool weather comes the Cold and Flu season. With last years cold and Flu season being especially bad I want to remind you of some of the things that you can do to help prevent the cold and flu and also what you can do if you do get stick.
This is part one of a short series on the cold and flu. I will cover the basics and some not so basic things you can do to help prevent illness and help you through it when you do get sick. I want to help you be a little more prepared for this upcoming Cold and Flu season.
As you know, school seems to be a breeding and trading ground for germs. I clearly remember that as a kid I caught a cold most immediately when school started each year, and that each cold seem to last lasted forever. Looking back I now know that I did a few things wrong when I was younger that made my colds frequent and lengthily. I didn’t wash my hands as religiously as I do as an adult and I didn’t take time off from school to rest when I was sick. This made the duration and severity of each cold episode worse.
That being said, I’m here to remind you to not make the same mistakes that I made growing up. I also want to tell you that the most important thing in preventing the common cold and flu is not some magic pill, herb or injection. It is so basic that is it frequently missed. You must simply wash your hands frequently to reduce your risk of getting sick and cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze so you don’t spread it to anyone else. There is research that proves that these two simple things are super effective in preventing illness.