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8 Tips to Preparing for Cold and Flu Season

August 16, 2016

Tis the season—kids are headed back to school and cooler, fall weather is headed our way. Germs are being spread around like wildfire and it feels like sick days are more common than well days. Thankfully, there are ways to prepare for this crazy sick-filled season in order to fight it before it catches you. The biggest point is to be aware and take care of yourself and your kids. It can be hard to keep things clean but that’s the best and easiest way to fight viruses and bacteria. Below are a few more ways to fight those pesky things!

  1. Hand Sanitizer – It might sound ridiculous but this stuff was made for a reason. Carry it everywhere and have your kids carry it to school and teach them to randomly use it throughout the day. One small step to fighting germs!
  2. Try to Not Touch Doorknobs – Doorknobs and some other surfaces are places that rarely get cleaned and everybody and their dog touches it which makes it a huge highway for passing germs. Use your elbow or some other area that isn’t readily introduced to your face. It’s worth it.
  3. Sanitize Everything – When the kids come home, have them wash their hands and face right away. Use some disinfectant spray to spritz their backpacks, shoes, etc. It might sound like overkill, but germs come from school more than any other place. Disinfect your home as well. Doorknobs, phones, handles, etc.
  4. Don’t Go Places Already Sick – If you’re already sick or your child is, don’t go out and about unless it’s a dire need. A body’s immune system is already trying to keep up when you’re sick so if you go out, your chances of catching something else are quite high.
  5. Plenty of Exercise – If your body isn’t in tip top shape, it will struggle to fight things off. Keep your body as healthy as possible and you will see your sicknesses fade quicker or never come at all.
  6. Vitamins – Make sure you or your child’s bodies are well prepared with vitamins. A daily multivitamin is perfect and a little extra vitamin C wouldn’t hurt.
  7. Stay Hydrated – I don’t mean with soda. If your body isn’t getting plenty of water, it can’t flush itself out correctly and it won’t function as well as it could. Water is key to a healthy body.
  8. Kick Old Habits – Habits such as smoking and biting your nails can actually cause you to become sick more easily. Fingernails harbor a large amount of germs and bacteria and smoking weakens the immune system.

Overall, stay clean and don’t be afraid to appear a little freakish with your habits between you and your family. They even say to wash your hands as soon as possible upon shaking someone else’s hand because germs are just that crazy during this season. Staying healthy is worth getting a couple stares simply because it’s so hard to mess up schedules!

8 Tips to Preparing for Cold and Flu Season

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    Robin Masshole Mommy
    August 17, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    My kids go back in September and it never fails that we are all sick by the beginning of October. Love your tips.

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    August 17, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    I love these tips! With the kids going back to school they will be bringing home colds in no time!

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    Lisa Joy Thompson
    August 17, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    These are such great tips! My twins usually get sick within the first week of heading back to school. Thankfully we’re healthy so far this year! 🙂

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    Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
    August 17, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    These are all such great tips. When cold and flu season rolls around, I just want to go live alone for 6 months.

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    Colleen Lanin
    August 17, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing all of these tips. I knew most of them, but I’m hoping that others will take it all in and NOT make me sick.

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    August 17, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Not going places when you’re sick is so important. You don’t want to make anyone else sick.

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    Kelly Hutchinson
    August 17, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    These are really great tips. It can be so hard to prepare for the cold and flu season.

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    August 17, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    I am not looking forward to the sickness this school year. Both of my boys had colds and sinus infections quite a bit last year. I have hand sanitizer in every bag we leave the house with, hopefully that will help!

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    Chavonne Harvey
    August 17, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    I am not looking forward to the cold and flu season but my family definitely needs to prepare for it. I’m really big on hand sanitizer, my mom brought me up on using it. These 8 tips are extremely helpful and I’m gonna have my significant other read this so hopefully he will get the kids on board with stopping the spread of germs.

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    Toni | BoulderLocavore.com
    August 17, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Plenty of tips here! We definitely have to get ready for the cold and flu season. Such a great reminder!

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    Marcie W.
    August 17, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    This are great tips, especially since the back to school season always brings out the germs. I make my children carry around hand sanitizer at school and spray down our home with Lysol every few days.

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    Liz Mays
    August 18, 2016 at 12:26 am

    I’m not looking forward to that season but it’s good to prepare for it! This is really good advice. I hope we can make it through without anyone catching a cold.

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    August 18, 2016 at 12:53 am

    These are great tips. Flu season is no joke and I don’t take any chances. Sanitize everything!

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    Veronica Solomon
    August 18, 2016 at 2:00 am

    I am trying so hard not to get sick! Thanks for the tips

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    August 18, 2016 at 2:57 am

    My girls just started back to school, so I foresee a few sick days in our future. They are always bringing germs home, cold season or not!

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    August 18, 2016 at 3:07 am

    Ahhh this is the one thing I am dreading about back to school. These tips are fantastic and my sanitizers have come out and are ready!

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    Melissa @ thestatenislandfamily
    August 18, 2016 at 3:47 am

    These tips are EVERYTHING I didn’t know I needed! I always forget to abide by them and this year I am printing this out and hopefully these tips will help me stave off that dreaded cold and flu this season!

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    Amanda Love
    August 18, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Since school is about to start we should remind that it’s important to have good hygiene to keep the germs away. These tips are definitely tried and tested!

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    Karlaroundtheworld | Karla
    August 18, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Great tips, and I can attest that they all work. Some of them are for preventive measures though like exercise, and it wouldn’t hurt washing your hands with soap every time something’s done.

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    August 19, 2016 at 1:53 am

    My youngest has been in school for one week, and she’s already sniffling. Ugh. Need to remind the kids of these tips.

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    August 19, 2016 at 2:13 am

    Yikes I don’t want to think about flu season. Boo. But this is a great way to prepare!

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    August 19, 2016 at 5:11 am

    I am not ready for this season at all. I am going to try to do more holistic things to stop me from catching a cold.

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    Nikki Wayne
    August 19, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    I love these tips, very helpful especially in rainy seasons. I hate it when my son is ill.

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    Amy @ Marvelous Mommy
    August 19, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    School just started back two weeks ago for us, and I already have a cold! We were constantly sick last year. I will try some of these tips!

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    August 19, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    You are so right! Before we know it flu and cold season will be here.

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    August 20, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Ah yes, there are germs everywhere. Hygiene is so important!

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    Nicole Escat
    August 22, 2016 at 1:26 am

    This is really helpful. I am a little bit worried due to the flu season.

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    August 23, 2016 at 1:08 am

    Airborne seems to be all the rage in the school systems as well with the educators anyway.

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