Cold weather, indoor activities, school kids, lack of exercise and the stresses of everyday life = increased susceptibility to colds and flu.
If I stay ahead of colds and flu I find that I only get sick when foreign germs are forced on me – like in an airplane or by my thoroughly wonderful, germy nephews. When you are constantly fighting something and you have to ‘chase’ good health, it is important to realize that you can’t win unless you strengthen your immune system.
Create and follow a plan to bolster your immunity and you may just sail through cold and flu season sniffle-free. Those with disabilities or chronic illnesses have an even tougher time avoiding colds and flu, but they are often times better prepared to prevent colds and flu because they know the dangers.
Going into the holiday season with a chink in your immunity armour is really asking for trouble. Here are some ideas and products to help you prevent colds and flu this season by strengthening your ability to fight germs:
Reduce your Stress
Stress Eraser – We’ve all heard that stress kills and we’ve seen plenty of evidence to support it. Perhaps this amazing stress relieving tool could save your life. It is a portable biofeedback device that helps you learn how to activate your body’s natural relaxation response. FDA regulated, non-invasive and drug-free. Featured on The Rachael Ray Show and The View. A great gift! Those with high blood pressure might consider the RESPeRATE as well.
Manage your stress with other stress relievers, massagers and spa products in our Stress Products Category
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Do Moderate, Consistent Exercise
A recent study shows that the risk both of catching a cold or the flu and of having a particularly severe form of the infection “drop if you exercise moderately”. If you are sedentary, or if you exercise too intensely, the opposite is true. As with most things, moderation wins.
Exercise Peddler – Work at your own pace peddling with your arms or your legs. This exercise peddler is a favorite because it folds up and there is no assembly required. Features adjustable resistance and an electronic display, all for under $50. Makes a great gift. I use mine while I watch t.v. That’s not cheating, is it? See all Cycles/Pedlars
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Take your Vitamins
Emercen-C Immune Defense – Includes all the necessary vitamins to boost your immune system. Mix with water and enjoy hot or cold. Emergen-C products are extremely popular and provide a wide range of targeted benefits.
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Most of our germ avoiding products are in our Swine Flu Products section where you’ll find germ-fighting Gloves, Hand Sanitizers, Masks and Surface Disinfectants.
Hand Sanitizing Gel – Our most popular hand sanitizing gel. It’s inexpensive and it works. Buy in various sizes to have it handy in your car, purse, briefcase and home.
Educate your friends, family and community to make immunity boosting a TEAM approach! Take vitamins, Exercise moderately, Avoid germs and Manage stress. I promise you’ll be way ahead when it comes to fighting colds and flu this season.
If, by chance, you lose the fight, there are nearly 60 items in our Cold and Flu Season Products category to make you feel better.
Wishing you a healthy holiday season. -v
Stock up and save on a wide selection of cold and flu products from AllegroMedical.com this season. The H1N1 virus may be in your area, but our Swine Flu protection products can help slow the spread and prevent contraction of the virus. If you end up with the flu, our H1N2 flu remedies can make you more comfy.
How do you know you have the flu versus a cold?
You know you have the flu when you get sick suddenly, have a fever, headache, chills, muscle aches and fatigue. You also may have a dry cough, sore throat and nasal congestion. It will hit you like a ton of bricks, and if left untreated you could suffer for up to 10 days. Best to get a flu shot and try to avoid it. Remember to eliminate or avoid contact with people as soon as you start feeling flu symptoms, and remain indoors for at least 24 hours after your fever has passed to avoid spreading the virus.
You know you have a cold if you get sick gradually. You will probably not have a fever. Muscle aches will likely be minor if at all, but you might have congestion, a sore throat and a cough with mucus. Most likely you’ll be sick for less than a week.
H1N1 Swine Flu Product Recommendations
60-Second Digital Thermometer, Fahrenheit– Fever is a tell-tale sign that you have the flu versus the common cold. Check for fever quickly and acturately with this digital thermometer. Use Thermometer Probe Covers for extra sanitation and germ control. Here at Allegro, we use the Single-Use Clinical Thermometers to check the temperatures of any employees who may be coming down with the flu. These thermometers are disposable and very handy this flu season for schools and businesses.
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Over-the-Counter (OTC) Flu Remedies – Feel better with Mucinex, Nasal Sprays, fever reducers and pain relievers like Ibuprofin, Tri-Buffered Asprin and Acetaminophen, cough syrups, zinc lozenges and more.
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Hot/Cold Therapy Wrap – Chill or heat the removable gel pack and then insert it into the pocket on this versatile scarf-like therapy product for quick relief of headaches and muscle aches. Also great for sprains, strains, swelling and other minor problems. Just wrap, tie and relax.
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Cool Care Comfort System Chillow Pak – Two cooling pillows – one for use inside your pillow case and the other cools anywhere from both sides. Perfect fever relief. Also great for hot flashes and night sweats.
Emergen-C– Super popular energy booster. 32 mineral complexes, antioxidants and other micro-nutrients plus 1000mgs of Vitamin C as 7 mineral ascorbates. Rev up your immune system while you’re waiting for that flu shot. Non-caffinated. How about Emergen-C Kidz for the Kids?
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H1N1 Protection and Swine Flu Prevention Products
N95 Respirator Masks with Free Iso-Tek Ear-Loop Masks – Get 70 masks for the price of 20 with this special offer. Affordable disposable protection against the H1N1 Virus. Meets or exceeds the CDC and WHO recommendations for flu prevention.
N95 Particulate Respirator Mask with Vent – Box of 10. Our most popular mask this flu season. Adjustable nose piece and inner foam provide a custom seal for different facial sizes.
See all Swine Flu Products. Find Hospital Grade H1N1 Flu Products including Gloves, Hand Sanitizers, Masks / Respiratory Products, and Surface Disinfectants from major brands.
Note: Help your community common areas, schools and businesses prepare for the H1N1 Flu virus by having the proper medical supplies on hand. Forward this buyers guide information to those who are in charge of purchasing and preparedness!
AllegroMedical.com has received a shipment of NIOSH certified filtering N95 Particulate Respirator FaceMasks and Non-N95 Facemasks for sale to the public and health care facilities. Quantities are extremely limited and we are unsure about future supply.
Respirator masks are very difficult to find because the April 2009 threat of the H1N1 Swine Flu virus caused the US supply of masks to sell out in just a few days. Due to the current preparation for what is now refered to as Novel Influenza A or Novel H1N1, we believe that these masks will sell out quickly.
Also available for sale are hospital-grade disinfectants for clinical and household use. See our Swine Flu Protection Products and our Cold/Flu Season Medical Supplies to order online.
- Iso-Tek Ear Loop Facemasks
- N95 Particulate Respirator Masks
Who Needs Facemasks and/or N95 Respirators?
Dated August 5, 2009, here are the CDC Interim Recommendations for Facemask and Respirator Use for Home, Community, and Occupational Settings for Non-Ill Persons to Prevent Infection with Novel H1N1.
If Novel H1N1 is in your Community:
- In unavoidable crowded settings, if you are at increased risk of severe illness from influenza (high risk persons) you should consider a facemask or respirator.
- If you work in a non-healthcare environment a facemask/respirator is not recommended but could be considered under certain circumstances for both non-high risk persons and high-risk persons.
- If you are a caregiver to someone in your home with a flu-like illness, use a facemask or respirator.
Health Care Workers
- If your occupation is in health care and you are caring for people with known, probable or suspected novel H1N1 or influenza-like illness, and you are in the non-high risk category, you should still wear a respirator mask.
- If you are in the high-risk category, you should consider temporary reassignment or wear a respirator mask.
Source: Table 1.
Here are the CDC Interim Recommendations For Facemask Use For Persons Ill With Confirmed, Probable, Or Suspected Novel Influenza A (H1N1) To Prevent Transmission Of Novel H1N1
Facemask preferred, if available and tolerable, or tissue to cover cough/sneeze if you are in these settings:
- Home Sharing Commmon Space with Others
- Health Care Settings (When Outside of Patient’s Room)
- Non-Healthcare Setting
See Table 2
We hope you stay healthy through this flu season. Let us know if there is anything we can get for you.
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