Are you sick? Are your kids sick?
These seem to be the most asked questions around my town lately. And, for the record, we've all been pretty healthy. Thank-you for asking.
But because everyone has been talking about the flu and the H1N1 vaccine, I've been doing some research on the internet to try and figure out what, if anything, I need to do to keep my family healthy.
I've found some interesting stuff. Here's what most sites seem to be recommending.
1. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw the tissue out. Cough into your upper sleeve if you don't have a tissue.
Okay, I get this but does anyone actually remember to do this? Me? I was trained to cover my mouth with my hand when I sneeze. It's what I still do. Actually now I usually remember half-way through my sneeze that I'm supposed to be sneezing into my sleeve and so I now, when I remember, quickly move my hand away from my mouth just fast enough to sneeze into my uh, arm. Great. Yes, as a matter of fact I now do carry lots of anti-bacterial wipes around in my purse. Sigh.
2. Avoid large crowds of people where viruses can spread easily.
Um, can you say three Christmas concerts? Yep, in the next two weeks we have three children's Christmas concerts to attend. Each concert will be held in an overheated crowded auditorium and yes, we'll probably be shoulder to shoulder with hundreds of coughing sick people. Yep, we're doomed.
3. Keep an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (gel or wipes) handy at work, home and in your car. It needs to be at least 60% alcohol to be effective.
Yes, I went and bought these and they are now somewhere in my purse. As a matter of fact they are lost down in that pit along with my car keys. Please let me know if you find either. Thanks.
4. Keep common surfaces and items clean and disinfected.
Hallelujah! The GOVERNMENT is now telling me to keep my house clean. Kids, are you reading this? Can I now threaten my teens with jail time if they don't clean up after themselves? Please?
5. Get both seasonal and H1N1 flu shots.
Okay, we did this. Points for me, but the story behind it? Well, that's a whole other post.
Seriously though, do you want to know more? This is the place I gathered my information from.
Stay healthy, my friends….
Oh, and I have small print today too….
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