Beating the Cold and Flu Season

Odds are, there will be a few or more days this winter season that you are coughing up stuff similar to that Gak stuff from the 90’s, sneezing your way through several boxes of Kleenex or unconscious thanks to a double shot of NyQuil. It’s basically inevitable. It will happen. But if you follow the helpful tips courtesy of the Christian County Health Department below, you might stand a fighting chance at limiting the amount of cash spent at Walgreens this winter. 

  • Eat a balanced diet. Don’t concentrate on any one certain food. Rather eat the foods that supply your body with good nutrients on a daily basis.
  • Get regular exercise. Throwing some lbs. up and down or pounding pavement (or a treadmill) helps to improve the immune system, but try not to take it too far which could temporarily suppress your immune system.
  • Get adequate sleep and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Do not touch your nose, eyes or mouth with your hands. Just keep your hands below the neck.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze and throw away the tissue. No handkerchiefs. They went out of style in the Reagan administration for one thing, and they also become a cesspool of germs.
  • Get a flu shot if you haven’t already.
  • This one is pretty obvious but wash the hands. Also become a frequent user of one of several of the 261 Purell hand sanitizer dispensers installed around the hospital.

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