This post was updated on 3/31/2021 It does not apply to the Covid vaccine. I am fully vaccinated against Covid. You can read about my experience in the archives. I do not get a flu vaccine generally speaking. That doesn’t mean I never 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 these types of decisions. If you want to get the flu vaccine then do so. If your doctor has recommended to you to get the Flu Vaccine, then please follow your doctor’s advice. Even if you can break just one link in the Chain of Infection, a lot of 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 a 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 that it 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. However, be sure to visit the CDC website to be sure you are using disinfectants properly for them to work correctly. Lysol and some other products are also labeled as disinfectants. 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. Other ways to break this first link are to get enough sleep, do not over consume sugar, or other junk foods that will reduce the effects of your own Immune System.
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