Wellness Wednesday: Cold and Flu Prevention Part

I do not get a flu vaccine.  Never have and not sure I ever will.  I much prefer keeping my Immune System as healthy as possible and preventing infection using the Chain of Infection method. This does not mean I am against the Flu Vaccine or am telling anyone to not get it.  Everyone has to make their own informed decisions about what they put in their bodies. If you want to get the flu vaccine then do so. Even if you can break one link in the Chain of Infection, colds, and cases of flu may be prevented.  Now, this is much harder than just getting a flu shot because it takes time, effort, and some skill to do it.

The first link in the Chain of Infection is the illness-causing organism or pathogen.  These are usually a virus or bacteria.  The flu and cold are both caused by a virus.  They are very easy to spread and catch.  In order to break the first chain, and prevent getting a cold or flu, disinfection must take place.  Disinfecting will kill germs.  This is different than cleaning, or sanitizing.  Sanitizing will lower the number of germs but not kill all germs.  Be sure whatever product you use states it is a disinfectant.  Be sure to follow directions and mixing ratios.  You should disinfect daily.  During Flu and Cold season, so from Halloween until March, I disinfect every 3 days.  However, if someone is showing symptoms, or we are having company then I disinfect daily and before and after company leaves.  You don’t have to disinfect everything, but door handles, faucets, tables, countertops, and other commonly touched areas.  I also will put a squirt of bleach in dishwater and on sponges or dishcloths.  Common disinfectants are Chlorine Bleach, Alcohol, and Hydrogen Peroxide.  If you work in Health Care, like me, removing your clothes as soon as you get home and putting in laundry, leaving shoes outside, and disinfecting your car are also great ways to help break the first link in the Chain of Infection.    Be sure to wash hands frequently after touching areas that may be contaminated.  I carry alcohol-based hand sanitizers everywhere.  If you would like to learn more about preventing cold and flu, message me for a free meet and greet.

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My name is Melissa. I am a certified Health Coach, Holistic Coach, Kidney Coach, LPN, can coach in Herbalism, Aromatherapy, Guided Imagery, am level 2 Reiki certified, and I want to be your Health and Wellness Coach. I am continually learning and taking classes to expand my knowledge base.

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