As we head into the holiday season, we’ll be preparing in many ways…preparing to visit family…preparing to celebrate with meals and gifts..preparing to travel. Additionally, we’ll be preparing for this time of year when illness abounds. While we’ve already experienced a few minor viral illnesses, we’ve been fortunate to not have had to deal with something more serious like influenza.
Every year, I share my favorite tips on staying healthy during the Fall and Winter seasons. I’m incredibly passionate about a natural approach, however, I also believe in doing everything possible to keep our family healthy, including using medications when needed and immunizing when it makes sense. Here are my 2012 tips for an illness-free holiday season!
1. Don’t underestimate the importance of hand-washing – This is still your first line of defense against germs so wash them thoroughly and often. When we don’t have ready access to soap and water, I use antibacterial gel or wipes to keep us germ-free.
2. Protect yourself and your loved ones by getting a flu shot – My husband and I make it a point to get flu shots every single year to protect our family from influenza. The immunization, which is typically covered by most insurance companies, is available every day at your local MinuteClinic without an appointment. This year, there are 3 different vaccines available for children as young as 18 months, adults over 65, and everyone in between. When you get your flu shot at your local MinuteClinic, you’ll receive a 20% savings pass for CVS/pharmacy. The clinics are staffed by Certified Family Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants who provide treatment for common illnesses and injuries, conduct physical exams and wellness screenings, and monitor for chronic medical conditions.
3. Boost your immune system – This is your body’s main defense against organisms so everything from sufficient rest to nutritious meals will help your immune system do what it was designed to do. Along with our daily vitamins, we make sure to take probiotics, eat foods rich in antioxidants, and limit the stress in our life.
What are your best tips for staying healthy during this time of year? I’d love to hear them!
No compensation was received for this post. Thank you to MinuteClinic who provided flu shots for our family.