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It’s November! That means that cold and flu season is on it’s way. There’s no way that I can protect my family from every possible germ but I can take some definite steps to up their chances of staying healthy. I can get prepared for flu season by stocking up on the things we will need if we do come in contact with a virus or common bug. Recently I headed to Sam’s Club to pick up a few things and get my house ready for whatever bugs come crawling our way this flu season.
Flu Season Preparation – Before You Get Sick
With three kids in public school and my husband in education, our family comes in contact with tons of germs and potential viruses each day. We have several procedures in place to decrease our chances for getting sick.
Wash Hands Frequently
We all know that we need to wash our hands after using the restroom and before eating, but there are several other times that we on purpose make sure and wash our hands. The first thing we do after entering our house each afternoon is to wash away the ‘school germs’. Before we get snacks, do homework or change clothes, the kids hear my reminder to wash away anything that they are carrying on their hands from school.
Get a Flu Shot
There’s no guarantee that a flu shot will keep you from getting a strain of the flu, but it can be a great front line of defense. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist and decide which flu vaccine is right for you.
Sam’s Club has a great free app with articles that help you prepare for flu season called Healthy Living Made Simple. There are some great tools in the app designed to help you decide which flu shot is best for you.
National Influenza Vaccination Week takes place December 7 – 13, delivering a reminder to all of us to get vaccinated early and protect ourselves against the flu. Since a flu vaccination is good for the entire flu season, which starts in the fall and peaks in January or February, the most effective time to receive your vaccination is as soon as it is available in your area.
While I was in Sams Club, I stopped at the pharmacy and got my flu shot. I have never had a prescription filled at a Sams Club Pharmacy, but I have used our local Walmart. I didn’t realize that the two stores are connected in the pharmacy department. The pharmacist was able to transfer my information from my Walmart account and have me ready to go in just a few minutes.
Stock up on the right supplies
The best time to stock up on the right supplies for flu season is before your family gets sick.
What are the essential items that we purchase before flu season?
- Boxes of Tissue
- Cough Drops
- Chicken Broth for soup
- Ramen Noodles
- Cough & Cold Medicine
- Small Blankets
Did you see that last item that I mentioned? When you have a sick family member, it is important to have some small blankets that are warm and cozy but are lightweight enough so they can be washed regularly. You don’t want to use your heavy quilts or comforters for sick family members.
Don’t forget to wipe down all remote controls when someone is sick. You don’t want to spread germs to other family members.
Download the Sams Club Healthy Living App and find great articles with tips and strategies for staying healthy during flu season. This app is only available for iPad and iPhone.
What items do you think are important to stock up on before flu season gets here? I’d love to hear!