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As many of you know I’m teaming up with CVS and one of the things we’ve recently talked about was how to boost your immune system. Today, I’d like to share with you some myths about the flu and tips for staying healthy this flu season, and you should always remember that if you do get the flu, CVS has many items to relieve some of the flu symptoms.
A few years ago, we didn’t get our flu shots and neither did my mom. My mom came to visit us for Christmas and on her way up there must have been someone sick on the plane. Because just a few days later she came down with the flu. She and my stepdad both got sick the same night that my kids went to their hotel to spend the night. So of course the next one down was my son, my daughter was next and somehow my I didn’t get very sick, but we all learned a lesson. GET YOUR FLU SHOT and it’s easy at CVS. CVS’ 9,600 retail pharmacy locations and more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics (MinuteClinic), have everything you need for flu prevention, including numerous flu vaccinations, over-the-counter cold and flu remedies, multivitamins and anti-bacterial cleaning products and are open every day, including evenings and weekends, with no appointment needed.
FLU Remedy Items include but not limited to
CVS Medicated Chest Rub
CVS Daytime Multi-Symptom Cold/Flu Relief
CVS Health Raspberry Lozenge
CVS Children’s AirShield
CVS Children’s Mucus Relief Chest Congestion
CVS Daytime/Nighttime Cold & Flu Relief
CVS Nighttime Cold & Flu Relief Single Serve Cups
I love that you can now get cups that are compatible with the Keurig K-cup machines, that’s awesome….I also love that our closest CVS Pharmacy is located inside our Target which is so convenient. But we are lucky enough to have many CVS locations in our area. For a location nearest you, use the store locator feature on www.cvs.com/getvaccinated.
According to a survey** we have three different myths about the flu and flu prevention tips to share with you
Myth #1: You should wait until flu season officially starts (October 1) to get the vaccine
- The CDC recommends getting the flu shot as soon as it becomes available. It takes up to two weeks for your immunity to build up after getting a flu shot so it is best to get vaccinated as soon as you can.
Myth #2: The flu shot gives you the flu
- The viruses in the flu shot are killed (inactivated), so people cannot get the flu from a flu shot. Minor side effects including soreness, redness or swelling where the shot was given, a low grade fever, and/or aches may occur. These side effects begin soon after the shot and usually last one to two days. Almost all people who receive the influenza vaccine have no serious problems as a result of receiving it.
Myth #3: The flu is only spread by coughing and sneezing
- While the flu is spread by coughing, sneezing, and even talking, the flu virus can survive for a few hours or even a day on surfaces and in enclosed spaces. The most common way the flu virus is spread is when hands that have been in contact with contaminated surfaces go near your face. That’s why you should wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based cleanser.
Flu Prevention Tips
Tip #1: Wash your hands A LOT!
- Touching everyday items like door handles and other surfaces can be difficult to avoid. To help combat germs, wash hands frequently (especially after coughing or sneezing) with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your mouth, eyes and nose. Alcohol-based soaps and hand cleansers are effective when you are on-the-go. 41 percent of Americans regularly use hand sanitizer to stop the spreading of germs (up 3% from last year’s survey results)
Tip #2: Practice good health habits As MUCH as Possible
- Getting plenty of sleep, being physically active, managing stress, drinking adequate fluids, and eating nutritious food are all healthy habits that can help to keep your immune system in top condition during flu season.
Tip #3: Stay home if you’re sick, Keep Kids home when they are sick!
- A recent CVS Pharmacy consumer flu survey found that nearly two in three (65 percent) of employed Americans would still go to work even if they were feeling ill with flu-like symptoms. It’s important to understand the preliminary symptoms of the flu, and if you or your child is experiencing them, stay home. This will help bolster your immune system and avoid the spread of germs throughout the workplace or classroom.
GET YOUR FLU SHOT!
Getting a flu shot is the most effective way to protect yourself and your family from catching the flu.
- It is important to get the flu shot every year because the immunity provided by the vaccine declines over time.
- It takes up to two weeks for your immunity to build up after getting a flu shot, so the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends you get vaccinated as soon as flu vaccines become available.
Full CVS Health Flu Survey HERE
Nearly two-thirds (61 percent) of Americans get a flu vaccine every year, or plan to get one this year, resulting in a two percent increase from last year’s survey findings
Nearly two in three (65 percent) employed Americans would still go to work even if they were feeling ill with flu-like symptoms
Those who get a flu vaccine every year and plan to get one this year, 67 percent do so because they believe it’s the best way to prevent themselves from getting the flu.
****KEY SURVEY STATS: