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Flu Prevention 101 and $100 Presidents Choice Gift Card Giveaway!

Fight the Fall Spike. Get your flu shots

 

Flu season is back y’all!

Didn’t you notice the signs around you?

Coughing friends, sniffling family members and colleagues taking sick days… 

Flu Prevention 101


Flu Prevention Tips

While flu season occurs from November to March or April, now is the best time to get vaccinated as protection can last roughly six months, and takes two weeks to take effect.

Maybe you are a procrastinator and postpone getting vaccinated. Or you never take flu vaccines or any vaccination for that matter. If you have a case of both, let me bring your attention to some cold hard facts about flu.

Brace yourself:

1.Flu causes about 12,200 hospitalizations and 3,500 deaths in Canada each year.

2.In 2015, more than 5,000 Canadians were hospitalized with the flu, including more than 1,500 kids.

3.The flu is very contagious and can spread quickly and easily.

Before you even know you are sick, you can pass the flu on to others.

  • The flu can affect everyone, including those who are healthy, but people at higher risk of serious complications are:
    • young children,
    • adults aged 65 and over,
    • pregnant women, and those living with a chronic health condition.

According to the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, everyone should get the flu vaccine, but it is especially important for the groups mentioned above.

The flu vaccine has benefited millions of Canadians since 1946.

Flu symptoms can include headaches, sore throat, body and muscle aches and possibly vomiting and diarrhea and can start one to four days after being exposed to the virus, and typically last seven to 10 days.

Though cold and flu prevention is important year-round, it’s even more important to make healthy choices and take preventive measures to protect yourself and your family in preparation for the ‘Fall Spike’, the increase in sickness – ranging from colds to severe asthma flare-up.

Now, what can you do to stay healthy in this flu and cold season?

There are a few things you can do to protect yourself and your family.

 

1. Strengthen your immune system

Getting adequate sleep (7 to 8 hours each night), drinking plenty of fluids (at least 8 glasses of water each day), eating healthy foods, and staying active will go a long way in staying healthy throughout the cold and flu season.

Speaking of healthy foods, Loblaws in-store Registered Dietitians can help you prepare for cold and flu season with nutrient-rich foods and recipes that help support good overall and immune health.

I met with Lauren Baker, one of the Loblaws dietitians last week. Lauren was quite knowledgeable and gave me a good understanding of the diet plan my family should follow to maintain our health during fall spike and also all year round. The information I got from her is worth another post, so watch this space!

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2. Practice good hygiene

Wash your hands frequently, and for at least 20 seconds (or the length of time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday”) using warm water. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer (gel or wipes) with at least 60% alcohol.

3. Most importantly, get vaccinated

Depending on how well the vaccine is matched to this year’s common viruses, 70-90 percent of flu cases can be averted through vaccination. 

Flu Prevention 101

In-store pharmacists at Loblaws stores across the country are making it easy by offering flu immunizations administered by an injection-certified pharmacist at all hours, without an appointment, just walk-in.

 

I got mine last week and didn’t have to wait even a minute to get the shot. Quick, easy and ‘painless’ (pun intended 😉

During this Fall Spike, get the facts and not the flu. Isn’t it better to spend a few minutes to get vaccinated than spending 14 days in misery? 

 

Head to Loblaws to book an appointment with one of their in-store Registered Dietitians for more information on foods that help support good overall and immune health, and while you’re there, visit your in-store pharmacist for your flu shot.

 

Your turn. 

Hit me up with your best flu prevention tips. 

What do you do to keep your family’s health? 

What’s the meal your family loves when sick?  

What vitamins/supplements you take to prevent flu? 

These are all thought starters. 

Giveaway! 

What’s in it for you? $100 PC Gift Card!!!

 

That’s right. Share your best flu prevention tips in comments.  And enter the giveaway form below. Follow the instructions to grab your spot in my $100 PC gift card giveaway, sponsored by Loblaws!

Good luck!

 

 

 ****Disclosure: This post is written in partnership with Loblaws but thoughts expressed here are my own and honest. Sponsor will ship the prize directly to the winner****

 

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  • Reply
    Elaine G
    15 November, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    My tips, cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow,wash your hands often and clean door knobs,light switches often. Eat healthy and drink lots of water.

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    Amy Heffernan
    15 November, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Lots of hand washing an vitimans!

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    Tainan Lu
    15 November, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    My best flu prevention tip is to get a flu shot.

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    Jenn Erin
    15 November, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    My tip is to disinfect commonly touched surfaces at home (doorknobs, light switches) and at work (keyboard, phone) too!

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    joanne darrell
    15 November, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Get enough sleep is my best tip.

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    Lucy
    15 November, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    We always wash our hands often and eat a healthy diet.

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    Judy Cowan
    15 November, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    My best tips are to get your flu shot, wash your hands (lots) and take a good multivitamin.

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    Joni
    15 November, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    My tip to prevent the flu is eat lots of Vitamin C, drink lots, and don’t share your cup/mug.

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    Juliee Fitze
    15 November, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Take extra vit C&D plus wash my hands all the time.

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    Jonnie
    15 November, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    My tip is to sanitize light switches and door knobs daily. They get touched so often making them grem-spreaders.

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    Debbie F
    15 November, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Wash hands often especially after being out in public.

  • Reply
    Gillian Morgan
    15 November, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Get the flu shot as soon as possible. Always carry hand sanitizer.

  • Reply
    Jenny B
    15 November, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    My best flu prevention tips are to wash your hands thoroughly and often, and to keep your distance from those who have the flu!

  • Reply
    Jenness M
    15 November, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    When out in public try not to touch door handles and always have a little bottle of hand sanitizer nearby!

  • Reply
    nicolthepickle
    15 November, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Wash your hands often, and if you’re even a bit sick, stay home and get rest if you can.

  • Reply
    joy
    15 November, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    basic knowledge; washing hands, sneezing/coughing into sleeve; don’t shake hands; get lots of sleep; eat and drink well

  • Reply
    Katrina
    15 November, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    I drink lots of water to try to prevent the flu

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    Catherine brown
    15 November, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Keeo your hands away from your face.

  • Reply
    Josh S
    15 November, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Wash your hands frequently and eat lots of veggies and fruits.

  • Reply
    Michelle W
    15 November, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    My best flu prevention tips are wash your hands often, vitamin D, and probiotics

  • Reply
    kristen visser
    15 November, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    My best flu prevention tip is to take a daily vitamin, drink lots of liquids, get lots of rest and frequent hand washing

  • Reply
    Glogirl
    15 November, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    My tip is to boost your immune system with vitamins. I take Vitamin C and Cod Liver Oil all year long in hopes of preventing colds and flus.

  • Reply
    Florence Cochrane
    15 November, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    My best tip is to take vitamins daily, get the flu shot and always wash you hands.

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    Casey Miller
    15 November, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    Wash hands frequently and take vitamin c

  • Reply
    Lisa L
    16 November, 2017 at 12:59 am

    My tips are to keep household surfaces clean, and wash your hands a lot but when you do dry them off with paper towels as cloth towels can harbour germs!

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    Loretta
    16 November, 2017 at 1:11 am

    We always wash our hands often and eat a healthy diet!!

  • Reply
    Amie
    16 November, 2017 at 1:37 am

    Get your shot , keep your hands clean , eat properly and dress for the weather !

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    Laurie Alain
    16 November, 2017 at 2:19 am

    My tip is to always carry kleenex with you and coughing into sleeve My best flu prevention tip is to get a flu shot. You should also carry hand sanitizer.

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    Heidi c.
    16 November, 2017 at 5:12 am

    If you are able to, try to get the flu shot as it should reduce your chances of getting the flu. And remember handwashing!

  • Reply
    Soozle
    16 November, 2017 at 6:42 am

    The flu shot and good hand hygiene are my go to!

  • Reply
    Lucy Clarke
    16 November, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Excellent recommendations! I think is best to be safe with the shot and also good hand hygiene, vitamins to stay strong and good sleep to be active too!

  • Reply
    Lucy Clarke
    16 November, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Excellent recommendations! I think is best to be safe with the shot and also good hand hygiene, vitamins to stay strong and good sleep to be active too!

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    sarah
    16 November, 2017 at 11:50 am

    I try to keep hands washed, surface and we stay home when sick. Thanks!

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    Natalie
    16 November, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Handwashing is key to preventing the flu! Wash often!

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    Angela September Smith
    16 November, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    we a bit of raw garlic every day to boost our immune system, and try to keep our hands off our faces!

  • Reply
    Meghan
    16 November, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Hand washing and cleaning up!

  • Reply
    Maritess S
    16 November, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Never underestimate the value of a good sleep. It is the time when your body recovers and heals. Don’t forget to drink your fluids to flush away the toxins.

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    ANNETTE FISHER
    16 November, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    i liked the read an easy dinner with hello fresh meal servive.

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    Stephanie
    16 November, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    I drink lots of water and take vitamins! Always wash hands! Those are my best tips!

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    Piroska
    16 November, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    My best tip is the same as most: wash, wash, wash those hands!

  • Reply
    Sage
    16 November, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    My best flu tip is simple…wash your hands a lot

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    Brenda Penton
    16 November, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    For me the biggest help has been taking multivitamins and keeping active.

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    Vinma Joseph
    16 November, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Wow, great tips guys! Keep’em coming, thank you for sharing your wisdom with the world! And good luck to all participants 🙂
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    loucheryl
    16 November, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    I use disinfecting wipes on shopping cart handles to stop the spread of germs.

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    Meg A
    17 November, 2017 at 1:16 am

    I eat plant-based as most of our immunity is in our gut. Think of it. Meat spoils within two or three days without preservation while produce can last long and contain nutrients that our bodies need.

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    Carol McCann
    17 November, 2017 at 1:40 am

    FLU SHOT WASH YOUR HANDS GET A GOODNIGHT SLEEP AND EAT GOOD FOOD

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    Julie F
    17 November, 2017 at 7:22 am

    I get a flu shot and take a daily multivitamin!

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    Julie F
    17 November, 2017 at 8:50 am

    The Floating Comfort™ Pillow sounds perfect to me!

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    Carolle H
    17 November, 2017 at 9:16 am

    I try to wash my hand often 😉

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    Melinda
    17 November, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Washing hands frequently and eating healthy helps.

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    Mark V
    17 November, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    MY tip is to wash your hands often and not to touch public surfaces like doorknobs, shopping carts etc.

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    shane smith
    17 November, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    we carry hand sanitizer and try to cough or sneeze into our elbow

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    Jennifer N
    17 November, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Washing hands, and using a sanitizing wipe on surfaces that are touched often.

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    Jennifer
    17 November, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Wash hands often

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    Kristi
    17 November, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    I like hand washing with good ol’ soap and water, and eating garlic, taking elderberry syrup to boost the immune system. Zinc supplements are important too.

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    Maria
    17 November, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    It’s important to get flu shot !

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    Karla Sceviour
    17 November, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Take your multivitamins, drink OJ or make sure you are getting enough vitamin C,eat healthy overall,get enough sleep,wash those hands!

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    Sab Edwards
    17 November, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Really wish I could have gotten the flu shot when it was in town (They run a 2hr clinic here but I work) and I havent gotten into the city late enough to go to a pharmacy to get a shot (not even sure if they are still doing it this late in the season) If it wasn’t snowing so much lately I’d try to get in there on Sunday, but the weathers not going to get better any time soon

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    Michelle Policelli
    17 November, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Wash your hands frequently, get plenty of rest and drinks lots of fluids!

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    Yuen C
    18 November, 2017 at 12:16 am

    Try to drink some hot water mixed with ginseng.

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    Carole D
    18 November, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Don’t forget your vitamin D, wash your hand lots, heat lots of fruit and vegetables, drink lots of water and get enough sleep.

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    Tina L.
    18 November, 2017 at 12:55 am

    frequent hand washing and get a good sleep

  • Reply
    Karine
    18 November, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Drink a lot of water and wash your hands often!

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    Robyn Bellefleur
    18 November, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Wash your hands frequently and take extra vitamin C.

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    BobbiJo Pentney
    19 November, 2017 at 12:20 am

    Keep your hands clean and sneeze or cough into your elbow.

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    Mandy
    19 November, 2017 at 6:54 am

    My tip is to eat vitamin c, fruits, and always keep your neck warm with a scarf.

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    Pauline Milner
    19 November, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Hand washing is likely the best flu and cold prevention tip. It is important to make sure hands are thoroughly washed and to make a habit of keeping your hands away from your face. Thanks for the super giveaway opportunity.

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    linda
    19 November, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    My tips are hand washing, lots of rest, drink lots of water, take Vitamin D & exercise.

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    Valerie Mallette
    19 November, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    My best flu prevention tips are to get the flu shot, get a lot of sleep, eat a balanced diet, drink lots of water, exercise, wash your hands and try to be happy :).

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    BlessedTA
    20 November, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Get the flu shot

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    lori
    21 November, 2017 at 3:20 am

    my tips are hand washing, vitamin c and if your sick stay at home, dont’ spread the flu bug.

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    Pearl Saban
    21 November, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Wash hands frequently, stay hydrated and warm, stay away from others who are sick.

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    Krista M
    21 November, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Take vitamins & eat fruits/veggies to boost immunity. Wash hands & use hand sanitizer after touching public surfaces. And always get lots of rest!

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    Rebecca Roberts
    22 November, 2017 at 1:14 am

    I always get a flu shot and take vitamins every day of the year to keep my immune system up!

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    Loretta
    23 November, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    wash hands!!

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    tracy k
    23 November, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    wash your hands often

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    Sarah Smart
    26 November, 2017 at 8:44 am

    My best advice is wash your hands or keep
    Hand sanitizer in your purse ! I take Public transit a lot and there’s a lot of germs on the poles , seats and doors! So easy to catch something

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    Tracy D
    27 November, 2017 at 12:15 am

    Not sure I have have anything to offer that hasn’t been said ;), but washing your hands often, couching into your sleeve, lots of water, keeping up your fruits, and get outside! (But dress warmly)

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      Tracy D
      27 November, 2017 at 12:16 am

      *coughing, not couching 😉

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    cheryl hodgkins
    28 November, 2017 at 4:03 am

    covering your cough with your inside elbow and washing your hands often and stay away from anyone who has the flu

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    Anu Chopra
    28 November, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Get the flu shot, keeping your hands clean and drinking lots of water!

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    Belinda McNabb
    29 November, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Totally the basics work, wash you hands often to keep the germs away

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    Andrea
    29 November, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    My tip is to wash your hands often!

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    Christine R
    30 November, 2017 at 3:31 am

    We always make sure to wash our hands frequently, take our vitamins and eat healthy foods.

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    Nicole Jubleew
    30 November, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    I try to get a good night’s sleep, wash my hands as often as possible, and remember that even in the winter I need to eat my fruits and veggies when all I really want is comfort food.

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    Becky Best
    30 November, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    For flu prevention, I use a humidifier all winter in our bedroom. I also take a multi vitamin, and if I think I am coming down with something, I start taking zinc lozenges.

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    Viv Sluys
    30 November, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Avoid the crowds and places where kids are in close quarters!

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    Erica Seaman
    30 November, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    My tip for avoiding the flu is to eat healthy, get lots of rest and hope for the best!!

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    kandi h
    30 November, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Wash your hands often and cough into your elbow

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    James
    1 December, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Get enough quality sleep and exercise regularly.

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