The Fabulous Giver

It’s Not Glamorous but Let’s Talk Flu Season…

Not only am I passionate about causes, but I also care about improving health outcomes. Every now and then, I will talk about a timely health issue. Learn and enjoy.

It’s that time of year, ladies and gents. You know, when your co-workers, family members, and Facebook friends ALL start talking about “the flu.” Even typing those words makes me shutter. I think that I’ve only had the flu maybe twice in my adult life and *knocks on wood* I’m hoping that it stays that way for the foreseeable future. But, you never know what germs are lurking around the corner. And, that is essentially the premise behind the CDC’s National Influenza Vaccination Week (December 2-8, 2012).

Have you gotten your flu vaccine? It's not too late! It's National Influenza Vaccination Week.

If you’re like me, you might be wondering why the CDC picked this week. Well, it turns out that once the holiday season arrives, Americans become so busy shopping for gifts that we forget to go and get vaccinated. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration but it is true that that influenza vaccination activity drops quickly after the end of November. So, I was sort of right.

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older be vaccinated as the most important step in protecting against the flu. I know that there are various beliefs about flu vaccinations, but I won’t get into those here because I’m not an expert. But, I do know that there are certain folks who have a higher risk for developing flu-related complications (i.e. people over age 65, those with chronic illnesses). And, those in that group should definitely consider vaccinations to help build up their systems.

If you have questions about the flu and approved vaccinations, head on over to the CDC’s website. And, once you have the information, please share with family and friends.

If you are currently battling the flu, you have my prayers and following words of advice.*

1. A hot toddy can be your friend (don’t mix whiskey with meds though).

2. Download “Homeland” on iTunes.

3. Go all out and splurge on the Kleenex with Aloe. It will make a huge difference.

What are your personal flu remedies? I’d love to have in my back pocket. You know, just in case…

~kb

*Obviously, you should go see your doctor. I assumed that was a given.

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