Trick or Treat: Flu Season Safety

As my previous post mentioned, the flu shot is not 100% effective. Just because you get the flu shot, does not mean that you are Ironman. You may be safer than those who are not immunized, but you are still at risk. So how do we keep safe?

WASH YOUR HANDS

Soap and water. Keep them clean! I avoid shaking hands with my patients during flu season. I wipe down my grocery carts with the sanitizing wipes like a crazy person. I make my kids wipe down the cart as we drive through Kroger. I bathe them in hand sanitizer quite frequently in parking lots. I’m kidding, sort of.

Also, for my athletes (specifically you basketball players): don’t share water bottles. Get your own and put your name on it. The quickest way to lose the conference title is to give the whole team the flu during tournament time!

DO NOT GO TO SCHOOL OR WORK WITH FEVER

Or church. Or Kroger. Or Chuck E. Cheese. Stay home! Please be fever free for at least 24 hours before coming back into the public sector. We do not want your germs.

It is NOT OK to put mix Motrin and juice in your kids sippy cup and send them to school so they will be fever free until at least noon just so you can cross a few things off your to do list.

EAT A HEALTHY DIET

Eat a diet that is well rounded. Make sure you’re getting plenty of vitamin C! Fruits and veggies are important. Potatoes do not count as veggies!

GET PLENTY OF SLEEP

Your body needs sleep to function properly, even your immune system!

IF YOU HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO SOMEONE WITH THE FLU

Call your primary care physician to see if you should be treated prophylactically against the flu.

IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE THE FLU

Call your primary care physician to discuss your symptoms or get an appointment.

I personally like to put my febrile patients immediately into a room to prevent infecting the rest of the patients who are in my waiting room.

2 thoughts on “Trick or Treat: Flu Season Safety

  1. Kristen,

    Thanks for the info on the flu. AMEN to the comment about not going out to work, school, etc and getting others sick. I tell people to GO HOME! Don’t come get me sick!

    First, let me say, that I am going to get the flu shot; I have almost every year that I can recall. But I know others who have not due to the myth reasons you mentioned on the previous post or in some cases they got to busy and just didn’t get it.

    So humor me…. if someone doesn’t get the flu shot, in addition to what you mention above, is there anything else you recommend? For example, I read a study a while back that increased doses of vitamin D reduce the chances of getting the flu. (the study results were 10% decreased infection)
    https://www.drweil.com/health-wellness/body-mind-spirit/colds-flu/does-vitamin-d-prevent-colds-and-flu/

    By the way, I assume Nick got the flu shot even though he contracted the flu last year?

    thanks!
    Tim

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    1. Yes, unfortunately Nick got the flu despite the flu shot!
      I have not heard anything on vitamin D preventing the flu, since it mostly influences bone health. I have read that early studies suggest that nasal zinc (zicam) may aid in preventing simple viral infections, such as the common cold, after coming into contact with an infected individual.

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