Master Plan to Fight the Flu

Simple ways to keep you and your family healthy!

Master Plan to Fight the Flu

Here are a few simple steps to help stave off infection this flu season.

Nearly 45,000 saliva droplets are propelled from a typical sneeze.  Hitching a ride on the saliva are millions of viruses.

Viruses shoot into the air as far as a few feet away. They can survive for hours on paper including money ... even days on door knobs and countertops.

Here's your master plan to fight the flu:

  • Get your annual flu vaccine. Get your flu shot at your local pharmacy, doctor's office or walk-in clinic.
  • Get your flu shot as soon as vaccines are available; this year's shot includes the H1N1 strain.
  • Always, always wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
  • Twist and wring warm soapy water around for at least 20 seconds. It's longer than you think, so sing "Happy Birthday" twice to make sure.
  • Get your vitamin C. Try sweet red and green peppers, guava, kale and kiwi.
  • Avoid sharing phones, keyboards, or allowing your kids to swap toys.
  • When you sneeze or cough, do it in the crook of your elbow or into a tissue that's immediately thrown away.
  • Don't rub your eyes, mouth, or pick your nose. Germs enter through the mucous membranes.
  • Coat your nasal passages with petroleum jelly to create a barrier. This helps when you dry out, particularly during plane travel.

Finally, stay at home when you're sick and do your friends a favor.

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That's how many robocalls Americans received in February this year. And when your phone is ringing endlessly with scammers asking about your car's warranty, a free cruise, or even a scary warning about your insurance coverage, it can definitely seem like all the calls are going to you. So what do you do when you get one of these fake calls and how do you protect your personal information and money from cons? Here are the important steps to take.

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