Flu 101 – Skip the misery of the flu and get your flu shot
Do what you can this cold and flu season and skip the pure misery of getting the flu by getting your flu shot. Be prepared, know the tell-tale signs around you and do what you can to stay healthy.
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There’s no avoiding it, flu season is here and it can last up until April. Right now is the best time to protect yourself and your family by heading to your local Real Canadian Superstore for your flu shot. It only takes a few minutes but it can save you from weeks of misery. Yes, weeks! Seven-ten days is typical for the flu but it can last up to three weeks, so why suffer?
My family and I got our flu shots in early November as we usually do because I do what I can to ensure we take any and all preventative measures against the flu. I don’t need that misery and as someone who has autoimmune issues I have to get the flu shot. It’s important for my family to get the flu shot for their own sake, but also for mine as I’m the person with the compromised immune system. It helps as we have not had the flu in years, thank goodness!
In addition to getting a flu shot we also need to be aware of the tell-tale signs around us. Flu symptoms can include headaches, sore throat, body and muscle aches and possibly vomiting and diarrhea and can start one-four days after being exposed to the virus. So yes you could be exposed to the flu from people who don’t look sick yet.
Here are three top tips that everyone should do to stay healthy during the flu season:
Strengthen your immune system: Get adequate sleep (7-8 hours each night), drink lots of water (at least 8 glasses each day), eat healthy foods, and if you stay active it will go a long way in keeping you healthy throughout cold and flu season.
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. Remind children to wash their hands, little ones love to sing the happy birthday song so it’s a helpful way to get them to wash their hands.
We can’t say this one enough as it’s the most important one, get your flu shot. Yes it can depend on how well the vaccine is matched to this year’s common viruses, however, 70-90% of flu cases CAN be averted through vaccination. Take a few minutes to get the flu shot to save you 14 days of misery. It’s definitely worth the few minutes to me! The in-store pharmacists at Loblaws and Superstore stores across Canada make it easy for you by offering flu shots which are given by injection certified pharmacists at all hours, without an appointment.
Loblaws and Superstore are even sponsoring a $100 President’s Choice gift card giveaway to help you and your family be as healthy as possible this cold and flu season. Tell us how you keep your family healthy during flu season. What special tips do you have? One of my favourite ones is to have nutrient rich but yummy smoothies packed full of immune boosting goodies like our Coconut Matcha Smoothie. Smoothies are great because you can put whatever nutrient-rich ingredients you want in them to create a power packed drink. I love to add chia seeds and for flu season citrus fruits for the vitamin C.
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