Keeping Your Family Healthy This Flu Season

According to Secretary Enrique Ona of the Department of Health (DOH), flu season here in the country is from July to December. It is also the season for monsoon rains, typhoons and cool breeze…the season that coincides with flu.

Flu vaccination is the best way to protect your family from the flu but there are other ways you can take to keep your family healthy this flu season.

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Cover your mouth and nose with a handkerchief or tissue
when you cough or sneeze to trap the germs.

Have Vitamin C everyday. Vitamin C is one of the most important nutritional elements to include in your regular diet. Research shows that Vitamin C helps in fighting free radicals by protecting the cells and keeping them healthy. It is also a popular remedy for common colds. Though your body is not able to produce Vitamin C on its own, you can have it everyday by including Vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables in your diet or by taking Vitamin C supplements from your trusted brand.

Observe the etiquette of coughing and sneezing. Coughs and sneezes spread diseases such as colds, flu, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and whooping cough. Cover your mouth and nose with a handkerchief or tissue when you cough or sneeze to trap the germs. Throw the used tissue in the trash bin then wash your hands to avoid contaminating things and spreading germs to others.

Wash your hands often with soap and water. Regular hand-washing reduces the passing of germs that cause not just respiratory diseases but gastrointestinal illness as well. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol or hand sanitizer to clean your hands.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people. If you can’t avoid coming into close contact with sick people, use face mask (preferably N95). Research shows that when a family member is sick, other family members wearing mask cut their risk of getting infected by 60% to 80%.

Practice good health habits. Have regular, moderate exercise and enough sleep, eat healthy, drink plenty of fluids and practice safety and cleanliness around your home.

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5 Ways To Avoid Getting Sick This Winter

When the winter season rolls around, you are much more likely to catch a cold or flu. You are inside more and surrounded by a lot of people. Being sick does not just make you feel lousy; it’s also inconvenient. Having to take off a couple of days of work due to illness just makes you fall behind. That is why you have to do everything you can to avoid getting sick this winter.

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If you have to be around someone who is sick,
remember to wash your hands a lot.

Here are five ways to avoid getting sick in the winter.

Wash Your Hands Often

One of the best ways to avoid getting sick is to wash your hands often. Make sure to wash your hands after you use the bathroom and before you eat something. Wash your hands with antibacterial soap and lukewarm water for at least 20 seconds. If you make a habit of washing your hands often, you are much less likely to catch the cold or flu.

Get a Flu Shot

It is a smart idea to get a flu shot every year. Getting this vaccine is especially important if you are pregnant, over the age of 65 or have a chronic health condition. The flu shot doesn’t cost much money and only takes a few seconds.

Don’t Cough Or Sneeze Into Your Hands

If you are like a lot of people, you probably cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Unfortunately, doing this will only put the germs on your hands, making you more vulnerable to catching the cold or flu. Instead, sneeze or cough into your arm. If you sneeze into your arm, you will not spread the germs to other people.

Start Exercising

One of the easiest ways to avoid sickness is to exercise regularly. Exercising doesn’t just speed up your metabolism and boost your mood; it also improves your immune system. Don’t be afraid to walk or jog outside when it is cold. If you wear the appropriate clothes, the cold will not bother you while you are working out. There are also plenty of exercises you can do in your living room including lunges, squats, crunches and pushups.

Get Plenty of Rest

If you want to avoid getting sick, you have to get enough rest. When you don’t get the amount of sleep you need, your body doesn’t have a chance to recuperate, which will make your immune system weaker. Try to get at least eight hours of sleep each night.

If you follow these helpful tips, you are much less likely to get sick this winter and you might be able to avoid taking strong cough syrup. Try to stay away from friends and family members who are sick. If you have to be around someone who is sick, remember to wash your hands a lot.

Mandy is a stay-at-home mum with 2 children in primary school, in her past time she loves to garden, travel, cook and write blogs for other stay at home mums and anyone with similar interests.

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When Mom is Sick

When Mom is sick what happens to the household? When Mom is sick, everything is in chaos. Cold cuts for meals, a mound  of laundry, messy rooms, etc. I am not underestimating Dads when it comes to household chores but let us face it they cannot maintain the household like Moms do.

A flu hit me sometime last week and I had no choice but to take a rest. Though hubby is very good in taking care of me while I am sick, he is not very good in maintaining the house. He can’t cook decent meals so we ended up eating cold cuts. And since he can’t file leave because he still needed to tackle so many things in the office before the year ends, our dirty clothes piled up. He just brought them to the nearby commecial laundry which of course I was not contented with the results. Haiist! These made me got back to regular Mommy life sooner than I should.

As soon as I got back on my feet, I cleaned our 40 square meter house and it took me two days. What if not only flu hit me but something more serious? What would happen to our little house? I think hubby should learn to cook and it is about time to let RJ do some easy chores like washing the dishes.