How to Avoid Wintertime Illnesses

Sickness. While it may be fun as a child because it allows you to watch TV in bed, being sick as an adult is an entirely different story. Work, school, family life, and home responsibilities don’t stop. Most of us have to get up and push through our busy schedules regardless of how we are feeling.

If you stop to think about it, most of our sick days occur in the wintertime. Here are several theories behind why we often become sick during winter (1):

  • It’s the most wonderful time of the year…….for viruses! Viruses tend to enjoy cold, dry climates often found during wintertime.
  • More Time Indoors. With the cold weather, we tend to remain indoors with the windows sealed tight. The closer quarters leaves us breathing in each other’s air and exposes us to more germs.
  • Less Sunlight. During the wintertime, there is less sunlight and less sunlight leads to lower levels of melatonin and vitamin D. These lower levels compromise our...
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Say "BOO" to the Flu this season!

flu season Oct 03, 2018

Fall is here! That also means flu season is here... 

Did you know these ghastly flu facts?

  • In the US, flu season can start as early as October and last until May.
  • After receiving the flu shot, it takes about two weeks for your body to develop the antibodies that protect against the flu.
  • For some, contracting the flu can lead to hospitalization and/or even death. Harvard Medical School reports that more than 200,000 people are hospitalized and 36,000 die each year from the flu in the US.
  • Flu-related complications can include bronchitis and pneumonia. The flu can make chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart and lung disease worse.
  • Those who are at high risk for serious flu complications include: children less than 5 years old (especially children less than 2 years), adults 65+ years old, nursing home and other long-term care facility residents, and individuals with certain chronic conditions.
  • You CANNOT contract...
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