It’s Cold & Flu Season: Oct. 2014

Are you ready for cold & flu season? This article helps you learn how to prevent you and your family from getting a cold or the flu. And what products can help fight cold & flu symptoms if you do catch one.

Your Walmart Pharmacist discusses flu season

Q: What is the flu?

A: It’s a virus that causes a serious lung infection. You might have a fever, chills, a dry cough, muscle aches and fatigue. Most of the time, the flu is like a really bad cold. But sometimes it can be worse, even life-threatening.

Q: Who’s at risk?
A: Anyone can catch the flu. But some are at higher risk for getting complications (serious health problems) from the flu. This includes:
  • Anyone with a chronic medical condition (e.g., asthma, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc.)
  • Adults age 65 and older
  • People who are morbidly obese
  • People living in nursing homes
  • Aboriginal peoples
  • Children under 5 years of age
  • Pregnant women

Get your flu shot!

Q: What’s the best way to protect me from the flu?

A: The flu shot can prevent you from getting sick.

Prevent it! Don’t spread it!

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It’s the Flu: Do You Know What to Do?

Your immune system is how you defend yourself from germs, including bacteria and flu viruses. Stress, fatigue and a poor diet can weaken your internal defense mechanism, allowing germs to make you sick.
Nobody has time to be sick. That’s why it’s a good idea to boost your immune system, to protect yourself against the many germs around.
Protect yourself and others from colds and flu:
  • Get your annual flu shot.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water.
  • Keep your hands away from your face.
  • Cough and sneeze into the crease of your elbow, or a tissue, not into your hand.
  • If you get sick, stay home until your symptoms are gone.
  • Keep common surface areas clean and disinfected.
  • Take a daily supplement to boost your immune system.
When you get your flu shot, talk to your pharmacist about an additional clinically proven immune supplement that can further reduce cold and flu symptoms when taken with the flu shot.
Visit our new online Cold & Flu Centre and build your own personal cold & flu shopping list.

Diabetes? Sick Days Made Simple

Having a cold or flu is no fun – and it can be even more challenging when you have diabetes. That’s because when you’re sick, your body makes more stress hormones. These hormones can make your blood glucose go too high or too low. People with diabetes risk serious health problems if they get the flu. But with a little planning, you can get better quicker and keep your blood glucose under control.

Prevention is key – so be sure to get your flu shot!

Be prepared if you get sick:

Make a sick day plan , e.g.,
  • Talk to your health care professional about any adjustments you might have to make. Otherwise continue taking your medication as prescribed.
  • Check your blood glucose more often than usual (every 2 to 3 hours) and record your results.
  • Stay hydrated.
Create a sick day kit, including
  • Notebook for blood glucose readings, contact numbers, medications, etc.
  • Extra blood glucose & ketone strips
  • Thermometer
  • Sugar-free cough drops or syrup

Headache? It could be a sign of sinus congestion

If you experience pressure or pain behind your forehead, eyes or cheeks that may get worse when you lean forward or lie down … you could have a sinus headache. This type of headache may result when your nasal passages are swollen by allergies, air pollution or even a cold.
What can you do?
  • Avoid your allergy triggers, as they can make a sinus headache worse. Stay indoors when the pollen count is high, keep your house free of dust, wash your linens frequently, and let a friend take care of your furry pets.
  • Use a vaporizer or humidifier.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Ask the Pharmacist at Walmart about an over-the-counter pain reliever for your sinus pain.

Take charge of your mental health

We all have bad days once in a while, but you can take charge and make a difference to your own mental health. Here are just a few ways to do it!
  • Eat a healthy diet, with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • Do something nice for yourself. Give yourself a treat or do something you enjoy.
  • Get support from others. Friends, family or support groups can help.
  • Give back. Volunteer for a meaningful cause.
  • Stay active. Regular physical activity can improve your mood.
  • Find ways to de-stress. Try breathing exercises or yoga.
  • Get enough rest. Establish a regular sleep routine.
If you’re still feeling down, talk to your doctor about it.

Relief for a temporary problem: hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins that occur around the anus or rectum. They often heal on their own within a week or two. In the meantime, if hemorrhoids are causing you pain, you can:
  • Take warm soaks (sitz baths) or regular baths three or four times a day.
  • After each bowel movement, gently pat yourself clean with moist toilet paper or moistened pads (such as Tucks®), or unscented baby wipes.
  • Use ice packs to help with the swelling.
  • Avoid heavy lifting and straining.
Talk to the Pharmacist at Walmart about over-the-counter remedies that may help.
Tucks® is a registered trademark of McNEIL-PPC, Inc.

Stock up on your cold & flu fighters!

What you’ll need for prevention:
  • Your flu shot!
  • Hand sanitizer – wash your hands often
  • Supplements that boost the immune system
  • Vitamin supplements – to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients and minerals you need to stay healthy
  • Disinfecting wipes – for keeping frequently touched surfaces clean (e.g., door knobs, countertops, telephones)
What you’ll need for symptoms:
  • Fever and pain relievers
  • Cough medicine
  • Nasal sprays and rinses
  • Medications for stuffy or runny noses
  • Supplements that boost the immune system
  • Thermometer
  • Fluids
  • Tissues

Important information

The Pharmacist at Walmart is always available to help you prepare for cold & 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.


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