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:

Staying healthy during cold, flu season

Flu and cold season is upon us.

I got my flu shot at the end of September. My company provides a free flu shot clinic every September/October. I know there are people out there who refuse to get a shot or don’t believe in them. OK, that’s fine.

Here are my tips–for those who get flu shots and those who don’t–on staying as healthy as possible this cold and flu season and all year long:

Wash your hands after you use the toilet. (I know that seems obvious …)

Wash your hands before you eat.

When you cough or sneeze try to use a tissue or your inside elbow.

If you sneeze or cough into your hands, wash them.

If you are sick, please stay home. Don’t bring your germs and cooties to work.

If your kids are sick, please don’t bring them to work because they can’t go to daycare or school. I don’t want their germs or cooties either.

Whenever I clean the bathroom or kitchen I use Clorox wipes to clean counters and toilets, etc. I also use the wipes to clean knobs, light switches, handles, door knobs, anything we touch regularly.

I don’t do this as … Continue reading

Washing your hands regularly keeps you healthy

Since I have had this awful cold (Yup, still have it) … I have been much more aware about how I cough (into the crook of my elbow), how often I wash my hands and even how often I use hand sanitizer at my work desk.

Before getting sick I was a frequent hand washer. I wash my hands after I go to the bathroom (you would be surprised how many people don’t); I wash my hands before I prepare a meal, even if it is just frozen dinner for lunch at work; I wash my hands before I put in and take out my contacts; I was my hands when I arrive to work and get ready for my morning coffee and breakfast (your steering wheel is pretty nasty; oh, and yes, I eat breakfast at work). (Those, of course, aren’t the only times I wash my hands.)

I feel like I wash my hands even more now. And that hand sanitizer pump is getting a lot of action these days sitting on my desk at work.

I also try to Lysol wipe my desk fairly often. And when I do, I clean the iPhone, too. At home I … Continue reading