It’s cold and flu season, which I found out the hard way last month when a virus brought me to my knees for nearly two weeks. Today we’re going to cover some cold and flu myths and facts before getting to the goodies – the giveaway! Let’s see how many of these you know…
Myth: The flu shot can give you the flu.
Truth: A flu shot contains dead or inactive viruses needed to prime your body to fight an infection, but these viruses are not contagious. Some people may experience side effects or coincidentally catch a cold after being vaccinated, but you cannot get influenza from the flu shot.
Myth: Only the young or the elderly need to get vaccinated for the flu.
Truth: Everyone can benefit from the flu vaccine. Those in high-risk categories are more susceptible to serious consequences from the flu, but everyone plays a role in protecting the community by getting vaccinated.
Myth: You must be vaccinated before November for the flu shot to be effective.
Truth: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting the flu shot as soon as it’s available. While it’s best to get vaccinated early, it’s never too late.
Myth: I don’t need the vaccine because I’ve already had the flu.
Truth: Each year there are at least two strains of influenza that circulate. You can be infected with one type and subsequently get the other. In other cases you might think you had influenza, but you really just had a cold.
Target is giving one Resourceful Mommy reader a flu essentials prize pack! This kit contains the following:
- up & up™ Hand Sanitizer
up & up™ Hand Sanitizer kills 99.99% of germs that can make you sick. This convenient alternative to soap is effective without water and can kill germs anytime, anywhere throughout the day. The vitamin E and moisturizer leaves hands feeling smooth while protecting you from common germs.
- up & up™ Zinc and Vitamin C Supplements
up & up™ Zinc and Vitamin C Supplements help support immune system and antioxidant health, which is vital for the body to stay strong and healthy. Increasing Vitamin C and Zinc intake will help keep your body strong and increase its ability to fight off common colds.
- Aloe Tissues
While using tissues is necessary during cold and flu season, they often leave your nose and skin feeling irritated. Aloe Tissues are soft and smooth on the skin, so reaching for tissues all winter long will not be painful.
- Lysol® Anti-Bacterial Wipes
Lysol® Anti-Bacterial Wipes kill cold and flu viruses that can be found anywhere in your home. Simply cleaning surfaces in your car, at work or at home with the disinfecting wipes will make a huge difference in helping to stop the spread of germs.
- Archer Farms Simply Balanced Freeze Dried Fruit
Archer Farms Simply Balanced Freeze Dried Fruit is a convenient alternative to fresh fruit. Keeping a supply of the Freeze Dried Fruit on hand is an easy way to ensure you are getting enough nutrients to ward off sickness. The wide variety of Simply Balanced Freeze Dried Fruit is available year-round, as they are always in season.
- Archer Farms Pure Green Tea
Drinking Archer Farms Pure Green Tea is recommended to support your overall health. The high concentration of antioxidants found in green tea can help reduce your risk of a wide range of diseases, including simple bacterial and viral infections. Archer Farms green tea is organic and Fair Trade Certified to ensure that you are getting the maximum amount of disease-fighting antioxidants possible.
- up & up Throat Lozenges
up & up™ Throat Lozenges provide quick cough and sore throat relief. The throat lozenges temporarily stop coughs that can cause throat and mouth irritation during the cold and flu season.
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