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
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.
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‚Äôs even more important to make healthy choices and take preventive measures to protect yourself and your family in preparation for the ‚ÄėFall Spike‚Äô, the increase in sickness ‚Äď 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!Flu Prevention 101 and $100 Presidents Choice Gift Card #Giveaway! #LoblawsFluCrewClick To Tweet
2. Practice good hygiene
Wash your hands frequently, and for at least 20 seconds (or the length of time it takes to sing ‚ÄúHappy Birthday‚ÄĚ) 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‚Äôs common viruses, 70-90 percent of flu cases can be averted through vaccination.¬†
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 ūüėČ
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‚Äôre there, visit your in-store pharmacist for your flu shot.
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.¬†
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¬†****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****