As we get further into the winter, we become more and more prone to catching that good old common cold that can sometimes last for weeks, or even worse, the flu. Unless you live in a bubble and refrain from human interaction, you will most likely get at least one of the two in your lifetime.
Many of us follow the standard precautions to “reject” infectious germs. We wash our hands often throughout the day, use hand sanitizer, clean our workspace… sometimes we may even use a paper towel to open public bathroom doors In a recent article from Foxnews.com, people of various backgrounds posted “rituals” in which they follow in order to prevent the cold or flu. Most are pretty standard, but some of them we found amusing and surprising.
The most surprising on this list is the lack of interest in being vaccinated – aka getting your flu shot! Advertisements for the flu shot are hung at every minute-clinic and doctors office. Although it may not fight your chances of catching a cold, it will decrease your chance of catching the flu. Our course, Influenza: A Vaccine-Preventable Disease, touches on the transmission of flu, treatment options, and provides vaccination recommendations and guidelines for nurses. If you want to learn more, explore through this course: http://www.westernschools.com/Admin/ProductDetail/tabid/116/rvdsfpid/influenza-a-vaccinepreventable-disease-2405/Default.aspx and add the flu shot to your list of prevention during the cold and flu season!