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Stay Healthy This Winter

Tips to Resist the Common Cold

  • Eat a nutritious, well-balanced diet.
  • Wash hands often.
  • Keep hands away from your nose and eyes.
  • Use disposable facial tissues and dispose of them promptly.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Do not use share toothpaste, dishes, eating utensils, or towels with other family members.
  • Drink six to eight glasses of fluids daily.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Stop smoking.
  • THE FLU VACCINATION

    Getting a flu shot may seem like a chore – and a small discomfort – but getting a flu shot can help you stay healthy this winter. And if you have a serious illness, a flu shot can save your life.


    Flu shots save lives

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USA), flu can be a serious disease. In some cases, it can lead to pneumonia and death. Flu causes most people to be ill for only a few days. When you’re sick with the flu, it can seem like a lot longer, though. A few people have a much more serious illness and may need to be hospitalized. Thousands of people die each year from flu-related illnesses. Most deaths caused by flu are in elderly people. Flu affects people who are at high risk more severely. One risk factor is being over 65. Some of the other factors are:

    • Residents of long-term care facilities housing people with chronic medical conditions
    • People who are less able to fight infections because of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, lung problems, etc.
    • Anyone who has close contact with people who are at risk for getting the flu

    If you are over 65 and one of the other risk factors applies as well, you run a greater chance of going to the hospital or dying if you get flu.


    Get your flu shot in the Autumn

    Flu season is traditionally counted from the first of October through the end of March. The best time to get the flu vaccine is in September, when the vaccine is usually available. Immunity from the flu shot only lasts about a year and flu viruses change over time so last year’s vaccine doesn’t apply to the current year. A good way to remember to get an annual flu shot is to associate it with your grandchildren going back to school in September. When they go back each Autumn, it’s time for you to get a shot.


    If you are allergic to eggs, be sure to tell your doctor before getting the shot. Flu vaccine is grown in egg white, so the shot can make you ill if you have this allergy. This is the only caution to getting the flu vaccine.


    A flu shot will not give you the flu

    People may think that a flu vaccine will give you the flu. If you do get the flu shortly after receiving the vaccine, it is because of the time of the year, not because the vaccine caused it. The only significant side affect of the flu vaccine is a sore arm. Some people may also have an elevated temperature for a few days.



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