18 October 2010

Cold & Flu ... Icky Ooo

Well my fabulous Peeps, Hubber has the flu.
Yep it's true. The poor guy never gets sick.
He even managed to avoid H1N1 last August when I had it.
Humpf ... poor guy.

I decided to do some web surfing in an attempt to locate
cold and flu prevention tips.
I stumbled upon Clorox's site. Huh, would have never thought to look here
but it does make total sense to be a good resource.

So here ya go ...

Flu symptoms                                  Cold symptoms

Sudden onset of illness                       Slow onset of illness
High fever                                        Low or no fever
Extreme fatigue                                Mild fatigue
Dry cough                                         Severe cough and runny or stuffy nose
Achy head                                         No headache
Achy muscles                                     No achy muscles
Chills                                                No chills

1) Get vaccinated :: Vaccination is the first step to flu prevention. In general, all healthy people should get vaccinated. The CDC now recommends that, in addition to other high risk groups, all healthy children get a flu vaccination.

2) Wash your hands :: Cold and flu viruses may be spread by indirect contact. Maybe someone sneezes onto their hand and then touches a doorknob, only to have the virus picked up by the next person who also touches it.

3) Do the elbow cough :: Since viruses cling to your bare hands, you can reduce the spread of viruses by perfecting the art of the elbow cough. When you cough, simply cover your face with your entire elbow. It’s also an easy technique to teach kids.

4) Disinfect common surfaces :: Viruses that cause colds and flu can survive on common surfaces for up to 72 hours and kids can touch up to 300 surfaces in 30 minutes.

5) Drink water :: Water can help strengthen your immune system, keeping the flu at bay. And if you do get sick, water flushes your system, re-hydrates you and washes out the toxins. An adult should drink eight 8-ounce glasses of fluids each day. If the color of your urine is close to clear, then you are getting enough. If it's deep yellow, drink more water.

Flu is responsible for approximately 22 million missed school days each year.

Five to twenty percent of Americans get the flu every year, causing around 200,000 hospitalizations.

The flu virus can survive up to 72 hours on surfaces like doorknobs and desks.

Adults can spread the flu virus up to a day before developing symptoms and 3 to 7 days after symptoms start. Children can pass on the virus even longer.

Antibiotics are only designed to kill bacteria, so they can’t cure the flu virus. The best medicine is plenty of rest and a lot of liquids. And if your illness gets worse, be sure to see your doctor.

A recent study found a strain of the flu virus was present on 60% of common household items in homes with just one sick kid.

Stay healthy the best you can this winter season.