Keep healthy this flu season

I got my flu shot on Friday.

Over the weekend it occurred to me that I should write a post about it. Mostly because there are so many myths about getting the flu shot.

I have gotten the flu shot for at least the past 10 years in a row (and got it while I was a kid and part of the time I was in college) and the shot has NEVER made me sick or get the flu.

I know a lot of people don’t want to get the flu shot for a variety of reasons. And that’s your right.

But if you aren’t going to get the vaccine there are other things you can do to prevent the spread of the flu (and other illnesses).

You should also do these things if you get the flu vaccine.

Regularly wash your hands. If you can’t wash your hands, use hand sanitizer (I keep some in my purse and I used to keep it on my desk at work).

Clean your work/home desk, cell phone, keys, door knobs, light switches, anything you touch and are in contact with regularly with Clorox or Lysol wipes.

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It’s flu shot season

It is flu shot season.

For at least the past 9 years I have gotten a flu shot. My company provides them for free and onsite.

I am more inclined to get my flu shot if my company provides them and if they are easy to get onsite. I have had several jobs provide free flu shots onsite. It makes sense to me. You want your employees to be healthy and, of course, be productive.

I know some people don’t get flu shots for a variety of reasons and that is their choice. But I ask all of you that when you are sick, please keep your germs at home and don’t bring them to work, which includes your sick kids. (I have co-workers who will bring their sick kids to work because they can’t go to day care of school …)

But today’s post isn’t about any of that. It is about some of the myths about the flu and flu shots.

When I asked one of my co-workers if he was going to get his flu shot his response was, I don’t want to get sick.

Myth: The flu vaccine can give you the flu

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Time for the flu shot

Today my company hosted a flu shot clinic.

For all eight years it has been offered to me I have taken advantage of the convenience and the free shot. I absolutely hate shots and needles.

But I like my health more than I hate needles. So my wienie self sucks it up.

Other jobs have offered the free flu vaccine as well and I have always taken advantage of it.

There are some people who don’t want to get the shot or won’t. I respect that.

But what I ask my friends and loved ones and even those I don’t know or have never even met who refuse the shot, when you are sick, please stay home and don’t bring your germs to work (or anywhere else where you can avoid spreading your cooties).

I realize the flu shot doesn’t cover all strains.

And it doesn’t help prevent the common cold, which for some reason many people I have encountered believe this misconception.

The Mayo Clinic posts some facts I want to share with you:

Should you exercise when sick?

For me, the simple answer is no. When I don’t feel well I don’t work out. I feel that my immune system needs rest and it needs to work on getting healthy and nothing else.

I have a slight cold and I haven’t worked out since Sunday.

I did a little research to see what experts thought. Some agreed with me and others felt that the common cold was OK to take to the gym.

According to this site, you can exercise if you have a cold, but no fever. Though Dr. Edward T. Laskowski says you should listen to your body.

Dr. Rick Kellerman says, “Even though it may be tempting to not break an exercise routine, working out may actually prolong the illness.”

And Shazia Khan says pretty much the same thing as Dr. Laskowski about how you can exercise if you have no fever and you cold is above the neck.

Liz Applegate says, forget about what you might have heard about trying to perspire your way back to better health.

And WebMD says you can exercise when you have the common cold, but stay home when you have a fever or … Continue reading