Preparing for Flu Season

Flu season runs from late October through winter. The most important thing you can do to prepare is to get an annual flu shot. Having the right products at home to help relieve your symptoms can help, too.

Flu preparation checklist

OVER-THE-COUNTER PRODUCTS:
  • Pain relievers: ibuprofen, acetaminophen
  • Throat lozenges
  • Cough lozenges
  • Adhesive nasal strips
  • Saline nasal spray/drops
  • Decongestants*
  • Cough suppressants*
  • Cough expectorants
*Health Canada has advised that children under 6 years of age should not be given over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold treatment, including antihistamines, cough medicines, and decongestants.
 
DEVICES:
  • Cool-mist humidifier
  • Thermometer
  • Neti pot
HYGIENE PRODUCTS:
  • Facial tissue
  • Hand sanitizer
FOOD ITEMS:
  • Popsicles®
  • Low-fat, low-sodium broth
  • Fruit juices
 

Hand-washing tips

  1. Wet your hands with warm water.
  2. Use liquid soap.
  3. Lather and rub the soap around all areas of your hands while counting to 20.
  4. Rinse with warm water.
  5. Turn off tap using a tissue to avoid spreading germs.
 

Managing symptoms: fever, fatigue & aches

Fever
Options:
• Acetaminophen†
• Ibuprofen
 
Notes:
CAUTION: Read label carefully for dosing information for adults, children and infants. DO NOT use products containing ASA in children under the age of 19.
 
Fatigue
Options:
• Get plenty of rest
 
Notes:
Rest enables the body to recover.
 
Muscle aches, headache
Options:
• Acetaminophen
• Ibuprofen
 
Notes:
Read fever caution.
 
Be sure to carefully read the label of any product BEFORE giving it to your child. If you are not sure, ask the Pharmacist at Walmart about which products may be safe for adult and/or child use.
 
 

Managing symptoms: throat

Sore throat
Options:
• Throat lozenges
• Popsicles®
• Warm saltwater gargle
• Acetaminophen, ibuprofen
 
Notes:
Supervise young children when using lozenges.
Read fever caution.
 
Cough
Options:
• Drink warm liquids
• Cough lozenges
• Cough suppressant*
• Cough expectorant*
 
Notes:
Supervise young children when using lozenges. Suppressant may soothe and quiet dry cough. Expectorant may make cough more productive.
 
*Health Canada has advised that children under 6 years of age should not be given over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold treatment, including antihistamines, cough medicines, and decongestants.
 
Be sure to carefully read the label of any product BEFORE giving it to your child. If you are not sure, ask the Pharmacist at Walmart about which products may be safe for adult and/or child use.
 
 

Managing symptoms: nose

Runny, stuffy nose
Options:
• Warm liquids
• Cool-mist humidifier
• Saline nose drops/spray
• Neti pot; nasal irrigation
• Adhesive nasal strips
• Decongestants*
 
Notes:
Do not use decongestants for more than 2 or 3 days.
If you have diabetes, glaucoma, high blood pressure, heart disease, thyroid disease, or you are breast feeding, talk to the Pharmacist at Walmart BEFORE using these products.
 
*Health Canada has advised that children under 6 years of age should not be given over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold treatment, including antihistamines, cough medicines, and decongestants.
Be sure to carefully read the label of any product BEFORE giving it to your child. If you are not sure, ask the Pharmacist at Walmart about which products may be safe for adult and/or child use.
 
 

Managing symptoms: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
            Options:
• Rest
• Oral rehydration solutions
• Nutritious diet in small amounts
• Non-prescription anti-diarrheal or anti-nausea medications
 
Notes:
Be sure you and your child are drinking enough to avoid dehydration.
Anti-diarrheals are not recommended for use in children.
If these symptoms are severe or persistent, see your doctor.
 
Be sure to carefully read the label of any product BEFORE giving it to your child. If you are not sure, ask the Pharmacist at Walmart about which products may be safe for adult and/or child use.

 
 

Important information

The Pharmacist at Walmart can help you and your family get ready for the flu season. Just ask!
 

This information should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your doctor. There may be variations in treatment that your physician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances. If you have questions about your symptoms, ask the Pharmacist at Walmart for more information, and/or contact your doctor.

Legal
This article is intended as general information. Always be sure to read and follow the label(s)/instruction(s) that accompany your product(s). Walmart will not be responsible for any injury or damage caused by this activity.

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