Pharmacist Flu Q&A

For our family, getting the flu is a serious issue, as it usually means respiratory complications and ending up at the hospital. My husband and boys all suffer from viral induced asthma, so prevention is key in our household.

We practice lots of handwashing, try to eat healthy foods and avoid going to indoor play spaces and crowded places during the winter as well. We also get the flu vaccine as soon as it is available each year. Getting the flu vaccine at our local Shoppers Drug Mart is fast, virtually painless and FREE for us.

We usually go get the flu shot together and the boys love that they get a lollipop after they get their vaccine.

Pharmacist Flu Q&A {Gift Basket Giveaway - $150 Value}

When it comes to talking about the cold/flu and flu vaccines there are a lot of misconceptions. Below you will find a list of some of the most common misconceptions associated with the flu vaccine according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

Healthy people don’t need to get vaccinated.

FALSE. When you get the flu shot, you’re not just protecting yourself but also those you love. Even if you’re healthy, it’s possible to spread the virus to others who may more susceptible to flu, or high-risk groups like children, the elderly or pregnant women.

The flu vaccine gives you the flu.

FALSEFlu vaccinations delivered via a needle are either made with an ‘inactivated’ flu virus that’s not infectious, or with no flu virus at all.

You don’t need to get the flu vaccine every year. 

FALSEIn order to best protect yourself from the flu you need to be vaccinated annually. Getting a vaccine doesn’t need to be a complicated, time-consuming process.  Canadians can drop in to their local Shoppers Drug Mart or select grocery stores at any time of day, without an appointment. Please note that they can’t vaccinate children younger than 5 years old so for younger children you must go to a vaccination clinic or to your Family Doctor.

You should wait until the height of flu season to get vaccinated so you’re protected for longer.

FALSE. While it’s never too late to get vaccinated, it’s best to receive your flu shot soon after it’s available, likely October. The antibodies delivered via the flu vaccine that protect you against infection take up to two weeks to take effect, and since the flu peaks between December – February it’s important to get vaccinated weeks before the holiday party season starts.

Pregnant women need to get consent from their doctor prior to receiving the flu vaccine.

FALSE. There is no recommendation for pregnant women to seek consent from their doctor prior to vaccination. However, there are some people who should seek their doctors’ advice prior to being vaccinated, including those who have a moderate – to – severe illness and patients with a history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

We got our vaccines this year at our local Shoppers Drug Mart and it took us only 10-15 minutes, with no appointment required. We’ve been getting the flu vaccine for years there as well and we schedule to do it in October, as soon as the flu vaccine is available.

Have you gotten your flu vaccine this year?

 

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252 responses to “Pharmacist Flu Q&A”

  1. Joni — January 10, 2018 @ 7:50 pm (#)

    I drink a lot of liquid and eat Vitamin C

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  2. Jonnie — January 10, 2018 @ 7:52 pm (#)

    I get my flu shot, eat plenty of fresh produce and use hand sanitizer.

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  3. Caroline — January 10, 2018 @ 7:54 pm (#)

    I wash my hands frequently and use hand sanitizer.

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  4. catherine almond — January 10, 2018 @ 7:56 pm (#)

    Well, I am on my 2nd course of antibiotics in less than a month lol. I got the flu shot, I clean, clean, clean, take lots of fluids to stay hydrated, eat a balanced meal so I was surprised I got sick. I try to stay away from people as much as possible especially if they seem unwell.

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  5. Cassandra Gale — January 10, 2018 @ 7:56 pm (#)

    Multivitamins daily lots of water and always have sanitizer on hand.

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  6. Tara — January 10, 2018 @ 7:59 pm (#)

    We wash our hands a lot , drink a lot of water and juice and get lots of sleep.

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  7. catherine almond — January 10, 2018 @ 7:59 pm (#)

    2nd comment sorry but I put potato slices in socks under my feet- before bed. You should have seen how blackened they were the first night. The 2nd night they were light brown. This is used to drain toxins from your lungs and I felt so much better the next day.

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  8. ivy pluchinsky — January 10, 2018 @ 7:59 pm (#)

    I get the flu shot and wash my hands before I eat anything!

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  9. Wanda Tracey — January 10, 2018 @ 8:18 pm (#)

    My best tip to avoid the cold and flu is to get the flu shot at the drugstore. It’s a good idea to wash your hands frequently and use disinfecting wipes to clean phones, tablets and other things that are touched and shared by others.

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  10. Wanda Tracey — January 10, 2018 @ 8:24 pm (#)
  11. Maritess — January 10, 2018 @ 8:32 pm (#)

    I try to keep healthy during flu season by regularly taking my vitamins and getting enough sleep. Our family gets our annual flu shots.

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  12. Alayne Langford — January 10, 2018 @ 8:34 pm (#)

    We frequently wash our hands and take extra vitamins, along with getting the flu shot!

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  13. Kimberley Graham — January 10, 2018 @ 8:47 pm (#)

    Ways I keep healthy during flu season are to wash hands frequently,disinfect countertops,doorknobs,telephones.I take vitamins and lots of vitamin C.

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  14. Louise Smith — January 10, 2018 @ 9:15 pm (#)

    Staying healthy doing flu season, wash your hand often and never touch your face without washer our hands first.

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  15. Wendy Jensen — January 10, 2018 @ 9:17 pm (#)

    What I do, not only during the flu/cold season, but always, is after being around the public, out shopping, I wash my hands with soap and water when I arrive home.

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  16. Eileen — January 10, 2018 @ 9:20 pm (#)

    I take extra Vit C & wash my hands religiously!

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  17. Jeannie — January 10, 2018 @ 11:26 pm (#)

    To stay healthy, I keep taking my daily vitamins and washing my hands!

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  18. Debbie White Beattie — January 11, 2018 @ 12:07 am (#)

    I try to stay healthy by getting a flu shot, eating healthy, washing my hands and getting lots of sleep

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  19. Brandon Forsyth — January 11, 2018 @ 1:02 am (#)

    I get a lot of vitamin C as well as keep hand sanitizer at my desk at work.

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  20. Soozle — January 11, 2018 @ 3:26 am (#)

    I wash my hands A LOT to stay healthy as my first defense, along with a healthy diet and daily vitamins.

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  21. Carol Denny — January 11, 2018 @ 3:32 am (#)

    Get the flu shot, lots of hand washing and plenty of rset.

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  22. Deena Resnickoff — January 11, 2018 @ 3:38 am (#)

    Washing hands often.

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  23. Florence Cochrane — January 11, 2018 @ 4:54 am (#)

    I get the flu shot and take vitamins to stay healthy during cold/flu season.

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  24. Jocelyne Alldrick — January 11, 2018 @ 6:21 am (#)

    i wash my hands every chance i get, and i make my kids wash theirs as well…we try to stay away from dr,s offices unless absolutely necessary..lit seems every time we go, we pick up some sort of cold or flu…when my kids are sick, they don’t go to school, library, and other public places…we try not to spread it

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  25. Judy Cowan — January 11, 2018 @ 7:08 am (#)

    I get my flu shot, do lots of handwashing and take extra vitamins to try and stay healthy during the cold/flu season!

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  26. kristen visser — January 11, 2018 @ 7:08 am (#)

    we make sure to take a daily vitamin, drink lots of water, get plenty of rest, eat of veggies and wash hands often

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  27. sarah — January 11, 2018 @ 7:22 am (#)

    We take vitamins, get our flu shot, stau home when we are sick, try to keep the surfaces clean in our home and wash our hands often. Thanks!!

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  28. lori n. — January 11, 2018 @ 8:14 am (#)

    We try to always wash hands every time we enter the house… and always often during the day. But we also all takeVitamin D in winter, and we get our flu shots around here!

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  29. Lisa Miller — January 11, 2018 @ 8:15 am (#)

    I get my flu shot every year, clean hands, humidifier, plenty of fluids and eat well

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  30. Diana Powell — January 11, 2018 @ 8:42 am (#)

    We wash our hands frequently during flu season !

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  31. Diana Powell — January 11, 2018 @ 8:44 am (#)
  32. Victoria K — January 11, 2018 @ 8:46 am (#)

    I try to make sure to wash my hands often, take vitamins and get enough sleep

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  33. Wanda Atkinson — January 11, 2018 @ 9:09 am (#)

    I get my flu shot every fall, wash my hands frequently, take vitamins and cover my mouth if I cough or sneeze.

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  34. LILLIAN BROWN — January 11, 2018 @ 9:50 am (#)

    I get a flu shot, take Vitamin C and D and was my hands often to stay healthy in the flu season

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  35. Maria — January 11, 2018 @ 10:03 am (#)

    We take vitamins, eat more fruits and veggies, wash our hands often

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  36. Ira — January 11, 2018 @ 10:15 am (#)

    I keep my natural remedies on hand during the flu season: vitamin C, oregano oil, propolis, lemon ginger tea.

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  37. paula r — January 11, 2018 @ 10:23 am (#)

    Shoppers is my favourite store!

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  38. nicky — January 11, 2018 @ 10:59 am (#)

    I’ll wash my hands regularly and stay hydrated!

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  39. Jenness M — January 11, 2018 @ 11:11 am (#)

    I try not to touch door handles, wash my hands frequently and always take a daily multivitamin.

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  40. Janet Meisner — January 11, 2018 @ 11:32 am (#)

    I get a flu shot and I make sure everyone is careful to wash their hands on a regular basis.

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  41. Calvin — January 11, 2018 @ 12:39 pm (#)

    I eat foods that are easy on the stomach when I’m sick

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  42. Pam — January 11, 2018 @ 12:53 pm (#)

    I use a nasal rinse daily to keep away the germs

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  43. lori galbraith — January 11, 2018 @ 3:31 pm (#)

    To stay healthy during the flu/cold season I wash my hands and sanitize door knobs, light switches and anything we touch regularly. https://twitter.com/loriagalbraith/status/951597212949196800

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  44. Jenny Major — January 11, 2018 @ 4:09 pm (#)

    constant hand washing

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  45. Tainan Lu — January 11, 2018 @ 5:04 pm (#)

    I drink a lot of water and take Vitamin C

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  46. linda — January 11, 2018 @ 5:30 pm (#)

    Drink lots of liquids & frequent hand washing.

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  47. Hailey kurzawski — January 11, 2018 @ 6:09 pm (#)

    I always cook food in my house I make sure my hands are always clean with my kid being in school I make sure he gets his flu shot right away we make sure to give the kids vitamins everyday as well!

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  48. Glogirl — January 11, 2018 @ 6:13 pm (#)

    To try and stay healthy during cold and flu season I practice frequent handwashing and when that is not possible, I use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.

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  49. Charmaine Seymour — January 11, 2018 @ 7:29 pm (#)

    Before flu season, I get the flu shot. I also take Vitamin C pills and wash my hands often.

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  50. tracy k — January 11, 2018 @ 7:29 pm (#)

    i drink lots of fluids

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  51. Andrea D — January 11, 2018 @ 9:11 pm (#)

    I wash my hands more often & avoid touching door handles with bare hands!

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  52. Debbie F — January 11, 2018 @ 9:23 pm (#)

    I wash my hands often especially after being out in public.

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  53. Maryanne — January 11, 2018 @ 9:25 pm (#)

    Washing hands and lots of sleep!

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  54. john stokell — January 11, 2018 @ 10:23 pm (#)

    get lots pf sleep, eat properly and exercise.

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  55. Carol McCann — January 11, 2018 @ 11:05 pm (#)

    I make sure I get my flu shot, wash my hand often , take my vitamins and get proper rest

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  56. Elizabeth R — January 12, 2018 @ 5:18 am (#)

    I am a serial hand washer, and supplement with Vitamin C + D throughout the winter season.

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  57. lori b — January 12, 2018 @ 5:43 am (#)

    drink lots of fluids, get rest and wash those hands

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  58. Tara Betterley — January 12, 2018 @ 7:28 am (#)

    To stay healthy in the flu season – we take our daily vitamins and we wash our hands often to keep them clean.

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  59. Shauna — January 12, 2018 @ 11:08 am (#)

    I make sure to wash, wash, wash my hands …. and then wash them some more! Working in a toddler program at a daycare has taught me to be vigilant!

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  60. Carol Marbel — January 12, 2018 @ 1:07 pm (#)

    we love your products and wish to win the basket of SDM goodies!

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  61. hugh laing — January 12, 2018 @ 1:47 pm (#)

    It is a good idea to promote the importance of a flu shot

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  62. M — January 12, 2018 @ 1:52 pm (#)

    we wash hands often

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  63. Elizabeth Matthiesen — January 12, 2018 @ 3:06 pm (#)

    I wash my hands well and often and get my flu shot every year. I also take multivitamins daily and try to avoid sick people whenever possible.

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  64. Krista M — January 12, 2018 @ 3:34 pm (#)

    We take vitamins daily as well as probiotics to keep colds & flu away! Plus a ton of handwashing or using hand sanitizer especially after touching public surfaces!

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  65. Margaret H — January 12, 2018 @ 4:41 pm (#)

    wash my hands very often and take vitamins in the winter

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  66. Yuen C — January 12, 2018 @ 5:25 pm (#)

    I always wash my hands!

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  67. Aarone Mawdsley — January 12, 2018 @ 6:06 pm (#)

    wash my hands alot

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  68. Tanis — January 12, 2018 @ 11:26 pm (#)

    I drink plenty of water and get fresh air!

    Tweet: https://twitter.com/tanandjosh/status/952079204866117632

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  69. Rebecca F — January 13, 2018 @ 4:04 am (#)

    I take daily vitamins, eat healthy, gets plenty of sleep and wash my hands.

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  70. Alex S. — January 13, 2018 @ 4:44 am (#)

    I get my flu shot every year and I wash my hands frequently.

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  71. Doreen Lamoureux — January 13, 2018 @ 5:17 am (#)

    I wash my hands more often and carry hand sanitizer with me. Here is the link to my tweet. https://twitter.com/DoreenLamoureux/status/952167452401684480

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  72. Renee Lacasse — January 13, 2018 @ 5:22 am (#)

    My favorite place to shop

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  73. Meekyung — January 13, 2018 @ 5:36 am (#)

    Avoid touching my nose, mouth and eyes

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  74. Clare B — January 13, 2018 @ 6:08 am (#)

    Get a flu shot! Drink plenty of water and wash hands often

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  75. ducky — January 13, 2018 @ 6:10 am (#)

    I get a flu shot and wash my hands regularly.

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  76. kim — January 13, 2018 @ 6:13 am (#)

    I wash my hands often to stay healthy.

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  77. Kim M — January 13, 2018 @ 6:23 am (#)

    I get the flu shot every year and always wash my hands.

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  78. Morgan Stewart — January 13, 2018 @ 6:46 am (#)

    I stay hydrated and wash my hands lots!

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  79. Pauline Milner — January 13, 2018 @ 6:47 am (#)

    I have found that frequent hand washing by far is one of the best preventative measures about getting sick. Thanks for the super giveaway opportunity.

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  80. eric — January 13, 2018 @ 6:59 am (#)

    wash hands often

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  81. Marlene V — January 13, 2018 @ 7:05 am (#)

    Getting plenty of rest during flu season is important and washing your hands regularly.

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  82. Jo-anne — January 13, 2018 @ 7:22 am (#)

    I wash my hands frequently and get plenty of sleep and exercise

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  83. Won — January 13, 2018 @ 7:26 am (#)

    Eat right and get regular exercise

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  84. Kimberley — January 13, 2018 @ 7:46 am (#)

    I get my flu shot and wash my hands regularly.

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  85. Petra — January 13, 2018 @ 8:03 am (#)

    Drink extra water and take Oil of oregano at the first sign of symptoms

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  86. Sarahjferg — January 13, 2018 @ 8:18 am (#)

    I stay healthy during the flu season by getting enough rest and practicing self care.I use diffusers,eat healthy, exercise, etc.

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  87. Heather Arnould — January 13, 2018 @ 8:21 am (#)

    i gjet my flu shot every year and I wash my hands multiple times a day, especially if I have been out shopping or interacting with people. I also carry sanitizing wipes for when I use public transport. (My husband says I am paranoid, but he is the one coughing and feeling lousy right now.)

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  88. Linda Svarovsky — January 13, 2018 @ 9:15 am (#)

    We stay healthy by getting flu shot each year.

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  89. Erin N — January 13, 2018 @ 9:40 am (#)

    I always make sure to wash my hands and clean hard surfaces to prevent the spread of germs

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  90. Suzanne — January 13, 2018 @ 9:43 am (#)

    I got my fly shot in October. I also try to stay healthy by drinking tons of water and eating healthy.

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  91. Lynne M — January 13, 2018 @ 9:48 am (#)

    I get the flu shot, eat well, sleep lots and wash my hands frequently.

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  92. Cassandra Kazlovskis — January 13, 2018 @ 9:51 am (#)

    I try to wash my hands a lot, eat vitamin C and don’t kiss people on the lips.

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  93. Jennifer Thornton — January 13, 2018 @ 9:57 am (#)

    Always wash your hands. If you’re symptomatic — stay home! Don’t spread the germs!

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  94. J — January 13, 2018 @ 10:17 am (#)

    I take coldfx

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  95. Nate — January 13, 2018 @ 10:24 am (#)

    I wash my hands ever few hours

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  96. Jane R — January 13, 2018 @ 10:29 am (#)

    I get the flu school yearly as I am retired but still substitute I school libraries so am around a lot of colds! Frequently wash my hands and drink lots of tea.

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  97. Gillian R. — January 13, 2018 @ 10:31 am (#)

    I get a flu shot every year and make sure to wash my hands frequently.

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  98. Marc-Andre Taillefer — January 13, 2018 @ 10:40 am (#)

    I drink a lot of liquid and eat Vitamin C

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  99. Alex Montana — January 13, 2018 @ 11:06 am (#)

    Washing hands has become a habit now and always take vitamins

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  100. Cairine — January 13, 2018 @ 11:11 am (#)

    I keep healthy by getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of water, taking vitamins and staying away from people who are sick.

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  101. Christina — January 13, 2018 @ 11:20 am (#)

    Avoid sharing objects

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  102. Julie-Lynne McCann — January 13, 2018 @ 11:24 am (#)

    We take our multi vitamins everyday, lots of fruit & veggies. Sleep & exercise everyday

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  103. rebecca g — January 13, 2018 @ 11:25 am (#)

    we try to get lots of sleep

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  104. Heather Swanson — January 13, 2018 @ 11:40 am (#)

    constant hand washing

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  105. Grace S. — January 13, 2018 @ 12:01 pm (#)

    I wash my hands often and avoid large crowds during flu season

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  106. Kathy Rinaldi — January 13, 2018 @ 12:29 pm (#)

    I wash my hands and make sure to take my vitamins

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  107. Katrina — January 13, 2018 @ 12:30 pm (#)

    I drink lots of water

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  108. Scott Gray — January 13, 2018 @ 12:37 pm (#)

    Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Flush out the toxins from your body and stay hydrated. Add a little lemon/lime for flavour and an added burst of vitamin C. Plus, take a vitamin D supplement for a healthy body core.

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  109. Daniela Plume — January 13, 2018 @ 12:50 pm (#)

    I get a flu shot every year, wash my hands well often and always before preparing food.

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  110. Pam R. — January 13, 2018 @ 12:58 pm (#)

    Use hand sanitizer often!

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  111. Dave — January 13, 2018 @ 1:04 pm (#)

    I stay warm and drink lots of vitamin C .

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  112. Deborah Beyer — January 13, 2018 @ 1:29 pm (#)

    I get a yearly flu shot and I get plenty of vitamin C.

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  113. Tara R — January 13, 2018 @ 1:54 pm (#)

    I wash my hands a lot and clean the door handles and light switches more than I normally do.

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  114. DebP — January 13, 2018 @ 2:25 pm (#)

    I get my flu shot, and eat healthy.

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  115. Rayna — January 13, 2018 @ 3:05 pm (#)

    Wash my hands a lot, and take vitamin C

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  116. Josh R — January 13, 2018 @ 4:21 pm (#)

    Lot’s of vitamin C!

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  117. Piroska — January 13, 2018 @ 4:25 pm (#)

    I wash my hands very often and try to stay away from people! LOL.

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  118. janine a — January 13, 2018 @ 4:27 pm (#)

    I always carry hand sanitizer for when we are out and about and wipes to wipe down the grocery carts as I find that’s the main place my toddler catches germs

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  119. Vanessa L. — January 13, 2018 @ 4:41 pm (#)

    I make sure to drink Emergen-C as soon as I feel any cold symptoms coming on.

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  120. Silvia D — January 13, 2018 @ 5:02 pm (#)

    wash hands and use hand sanitizers regularily, eat vitamin rich foods, take vitamins, get lots of rest

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  121. Sandi Tymchuk — January 13, 2018 @ 5:11 pm (#)

    I wash my hands regularly, and keep my hands away from my eyes, ears, nose and mouth.

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  122. Melanie Borhi — January 13, 2018 @ 5:17 pm (#)

    Drink tea and work out at the gym.

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  123. nicole l — January 13, 2018 @ 5:36 pm (#)

    I drink lots of water and eat lots of fruits and veggies

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  124. Margaret H — January 13, 2018 @ 5:38 pm (#)

    I get lots of extra sleep/rest and use a lot of hand sanitizer.

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  125. Joanne C — January 13, 2018 @ 5:41 pm (#)

    I wash my hands constantly. I also get the flu shot.

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  126. Cathy Balogh — January 13, 2018 @ 5:48 pm (#)

    Most stores have wipes by the carts so we use them to wipe down the cart and our hands before we start shopping.

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  127. John Soltis — January 13, 2018 @ 6:15 pm (#)

    I try t wash my hands after any activity that can spread germs!

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  128. Rosa Cross — January 13, 2018 @ 6:27 pm (#)

    I try to wash my hands a lot during flu season, and keep my immunity up by eating healthy.

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  129. Andrea W. — January 13, 2018 @ 6:33 pm (#)

    I take Vitamin C and wash my hands regularly!

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  130. Jennylyn Gross — January 13, 2018 @ 7:07 pm (#)

    flu shot, drink plenty of water and wash hands a lot

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  131. Colette — January 13, 2018 @ 7:11 pm (#)

    I make sure to get enough sleep and eat my vitamins

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  132. miranda — January 13, 2018 @ 7:24 pm (#)

    wash hands often

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  133. Evan G — January 13, 2018 @ 7:54 pm (#)

    Lots of sleep, plenty of tea and using hand sanitizer like it is going out of style.

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  134. Alana LeSueur — January 13, 2018 @ 9:25 pm (#)

    1. Washing my hands for 20 seconds, and then towel drying them very well.
    2. Moisturing my hands to prevent cracks, where the bacteria can reside otherwise.
    3. Staying away from those family and friends that are currently sick.
    4. Getting as much sleep every night as I can.
    5. Eating lots of fruits and veggies (high in Vitamin C), and drinking lots of water to keep hydrated.
    6. And I GET THE FLU SHOT every year.

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  135. Wayne Couzens — January 13, 2018 @ 10:24 pm (#)

    The most important thing I have learned over the years is get the flu shot, and when you are out don’t touch your face and as soon as you get home wash your hands good.

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  136. Sarah MacLeod — January 14, 2018 @ 1:06 am (#)

    Air out your house periodically – your house gets so stale in the winter.

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  137. Yeon — January 14, 2018 @ 6:24 am (#)

    Eat right and get regular exercise

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  138. Donna Durie — January 14, 2018 @ 7:57 am (#)

    Wash my hands frequently.

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  139. Richard Corkum — January 14, 2018 @ 8:42 am (#)

    I get the flu shot every year, With the sniffles every fall. But holy smokes this year I have the worst cold I think I ever had . From the first of Nov/17.and still have symptoms 01-14-18 .Pls. help me SDM

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  140. Jenn Beckett jennpup — January 14, 2018 @ 9:52 am (#)

    I exercise, wash my hands frequently and always keep my ears covered when I’m out in the cold!

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  141. Raven — January 14, 2018 @ 9:53 am (#)

    I drink plenty of water, get lots of sleep and wipe down door knobs and handles.

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  142. joanne darrell — January 14, 2018 @ 10:29 am (#)

    I try to get enough sleep to stay healthy.

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  143. Lindsey — January 14, 2018 @ 10:34 am (#)

    Get enough sleep!

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  144. Karla Sceviour — January 14, 2018 @ 10:55 am (#)

    I make sure to wash my hands ALL the time, take multivitamins and drink plenty of orange juice!

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  145. Elaine R — January 14, 2018 @ 11:23 am (#)

    We always get our flu shot ,take vitamins and wash our hands lots.

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  146. Deanna Barkley — January 14, 2018 @ 12:56 pm (#)

    I get the flu shot and wash my hands frequently. I also try to eat healthy and get enough rest.

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  147. Karine — January 14, 2018 @ 1:00 pm (#)

    I try to get plenty of sleep, eat fruits and vegetables. Wash my hands often:)

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  148. Edith Rennes — January 14, 2018 @ 1:32 pm (#)

    Stay well rested.

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  149. Shannon S. — January 14, 2018 @ 2:11 pm (#)

    Eat and sleep well.

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  150. Shirlee White — January 14, 2018 @ 2:24 pm (#)

    Getting plenty of rest
    Avoiding large congregations of people
    Washing hands frequently

    The above are great ideas but that FLU shot is a necessity

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  151. June M — January 14, 2018 @ 3:18 pm (#)

    I cough or sneeze into my sleeve to prevent spreading germs

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  152. Vivian Dionne — January 14, 2018 @ 3:35 pm (#)

    I try to stay healthy by washing my hands frequently and avoiding large crowds, if possible.

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  153. Ken OHL — January 14, 2018 @ 3:37 pm (#)

    try and get rest drink lots of vitamin C and try and eat right

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  154. Andrea Williams — January 14, 2018 @ 3:39 pm (#)

    I try to keep my hands clean, stay away from those who are sick and stay hydrated as much as possible.

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  155. MrDisco — January 14, 2018 @ 3:42 pm (#)

    frequent hand washing

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  156. Zoey J — January 14, 2018 @ 3:46 pm (#)

    Stay hydrated and focus on hygiene – wash hands, etc.

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  157. Linda — January 14, 2018 @ 3:48 pm (#)

    I stay healthy during cold and flu season by staying away from sick people.

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  158. Mary Warner — January 14, 2018 @ 4:04 pm (#)

    Flu shot, lots of citrus, lots of healthy soups and moderate exercise.

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  159. Dianne G. — January 14, 2018 @ 4:06 pm (#)

    I try to eat right, get lots of rest and wash my hands constantly to avoid colds and flu.

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  160. Kimberly — January 14, 2018 @ 5:29 pm (#)

    I got the flu shot. I get lots of rest & drink lots of fluids.

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  161. Jolie — January 14, 2018 @ 5:31 pm (#)

    I wash my hands often and avoid sick people.

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  162. Alison Braidwood — January 14, 2018 @ 6:28 pm (#)

    I take a multi vitamin, and make sure I wash my hands frequently.

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  163. Sabrina — January 14, 2018 @ 7:02 pm (#)

    My boyfriend instilled in me to not touch my face! Keeps those germs away!

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  164. Donna L. — January 14, 2018 @ 7:43 pm (#)

    I get the flu shot.

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  165. caroline m. — January 14, 2018 @ 8:51 pm (#)

    we make sure to always sleep 8 hours, drink lots of water, eat lots of fruit and take a half spoon of honey daily.

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  166. Tricia Hope — January 14, 2018 @ 9:33 pm (#)

    I carry hand sanitizer EVERYWHERE

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  167. Sandy Couzens — January 14, 2018 @ 10:50 pm (#)

    We stay healthy during flu season by eating healthy. We grow a lot of our food and make a lot of soups to freeze for winter. We take vitamins, wash our hands a lot and get the flu shot. Thank you for this Great Giveaway 🙂

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  168. Betty S — January 15, 2018 @ 3:59 am (#)

    We try to eat healthy and stay away from others that have colds and are not feeling well

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  169. Diane T — January 15, 2018 @ 8:50 am (#)

    I wash my hands frequently and take multivitamins

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  170. Lester C — January 15, 2018 @ 9:10 am (#)

    I get the flu shot and wash my hands

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  171. AD — January 15, 2018 @ 10:06 am (#)

    My number one tip is to get your annual flu shot; it will protect you and others (herd immunity). I never miss mine!

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  172. Stephanie — January 15, 2018 @ 10:16 am (#)

    My tip is to always wash your hands and drink lots of water

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  173. Travelbuds — January 15, 2018 @ 10:32 am (#)

    I try to stay healthy by frequently washing my hands and getting my kids to do the same.

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  174. jan — January 15, 2018 @ 11:10 am (#)

    Our house rule is that hands must be washed after coming indoors from anywhere.

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  175. Jenn T — January 15, 2018 @ 11:17 am (#)

    I make sure I wash my hands before eating and I also take multivitamins

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  176. Anita D. — January 15, 2018 @ 12:09 pm (#)

    I find outdoor activities I love to ensure I get some sunlight, fresh air and stay active.

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  177. sarah alexis — January 15, 2018 @ 12:38 pm (#)

    I eat lots of veggies and fruit and drink lots of water to stay healthy !

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  178. Robert Robinson — January 15, 2018 @ 3:11 pm (#)

    I am a Health Educator and I get the flu shot annually. I also take very good care of myself.

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  179. Lynnie M — January 15, 2018 @ 3:11 pm (#)

    We try to eat right, exercise, sleep well, get a flu shot and wash our hands frequently! Thanks for the contest!

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  180. Elizabeth Robinson — January 15, 2018 @ 3:33 pm (#)

    I get the flu shot.

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  181. Penny — January 15, 2018 @ 4:07 pm (#)

    I try to get plenty of rest, eat healthy and avoid crowds whenever possible. I drink lots of water and make sure to get my flu shot each year

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  182. Heather Sibley — January 15, 2018 @ 7:05 pm (#)

    I get my flu shot every year and wash my hands frequently to stay healthy during cold/flu season.

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  183. Carol W. — January 15, 2018 @ 8:48 pm (#)

    I get lots of sleep and wash my hands often.

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  184. Tamara M — January 15, 2018 @ 8:51 pm (#)

    I limit any alcohol drinking because it lowers your immune system! I take Vitamin D drops during the winter to be safe!

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  185. Julie T. — January 15, 2018 @ 10:11 pm (#)

    I get my flu shot!

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  186. Rob F — January 15, 2018 @ 10:31 pm (#)

    i keep hydrated and eat lots of veggies high in Vitamin C

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  187. Chris MacDonald — January 16, 2018 @ 4:24 am (#)

    I wash my hands constantly to stay healthy during the flu season.

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  188. BlessedTA — January 16, 2018 @ 6:16 am (#)

    I wash my hands frequently.

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  189. Tasha F. — January 16, 2018 @ 8:05 am (#)

    To stay healthy during the flu season we frequently wash our hands and try to eat healthy, lots of fruits and veggies.

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  190. Courtney H. — January 16, 2018 @ 2:24 pm (#)

    I take vitamins.

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  191. Karin Dollery — January 16, 2018 @ 4:09 pm (#)

    We wash our hands frequently and we cover our mouths when we cough or sneeze

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  192. Jackie M — January 16, 2018 @ 5:17 pm (#)

    Wash hands and eat healthy!

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  193. Tina F — January 16, 2018 @ 8:32 pm (#)

    Wash our hands regularly, wipe the door handles down drink lots of fluids,make sure we eat lots of fruits and veggies to stay healthy during the flu season.

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  194. Shannon M — January 16, 2018 @ 8:54 pm (#)

    I get a flu shot and wash my hands lots.

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  195. Erica Hall — January 17, 2018 @ 2:40 am (#)

    We open the windows when its not too cold to let the germs out.

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  196. Chris Stockford — January 17, 2018 @ 2:03 pm (#)

    Take vitamins and get more vitamin C from OJ

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  197. Alexandra Y — January 17, 2018 @ 3:32 pm (#)

    We wash our hands a lot.

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  198. Aubrey Young — January 18, 2018 @ 5:58 am (#)

    I had the flu shot as I have done every year, wash my hands frequently in hot water and try to avoid those people who have the flu.

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  200. Susan Smith — January 18, 2018 @ 11:40 am (#)

    We get a flu shot, wash our hands a lot, drink a lots of water and orange juice and get enough sleep.

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  201. Graham Lindfield — January 19, 2018 @ 6:41 am (#)

    drink lots of ginger tea

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  202. Heather Howard — January 19, 2018 @ 7:47 am (#)

    Extra vit c and garlic…lots of water and dressing weather appropriate

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  203. Jeanette Jackson — January 20, 2018 @ 3:20 pm (#)

    We get a flu shot and wash our hands more often in the flu season.

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  204. Alison Gardner — January 21, 2018 @ 6:21 am (#)

    We get our flu shots every year, but we also focus on handwashing as the best defense

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  205. Loridee — January 21, 2018 @ 7:12 am (#)

    As soon as we get home, we wash our hands @onesmileymonkey and #ShoppersFlu

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  206. Stephanie Poole — January 21, 2018 @ 8:00 am (#)

    I eat healthy,green foods drink lots of fluids and make sure to find time to relax (meditate, exercise, etc)

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  207. Jennifer L. — January 21, 2018 @ 8:40 am (#)

    I eat healthy food all year round, avoid everything processed and take vitamins C and D throughout the winter months.

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  208. Delaney Closs — January 21, 2018 @ 10:58 am (#)

    I make sure I wash my hands very often! Best defense is a good offense.

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  209. Jennie Yuen — January 21, 2018 @ 9:01 pm (#)

    I want to stay healthy and less sick so I can spend more time with family and take care of my little one when he’s sick

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  210. Paula P — January 22, 2018 @ 3:00 am (#)

    Antibacterial handwash, echineaca, vaporizer with eucalyptus and high amounts of antioxidants foods plus raw green juice are my go to in flu season.

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  211. Megan Wilson — January 22, 2018 @ 10:34 am (#)

    Wash hands, disinfect, drink o.j., take vitamins.

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  212. Michelle Dinunzio — January 22, 2018 @ 10:20 pm (#)

    Wash hands frequently, take vitamin c and D during the winter months, gargle with salt as soon as I feel even the slightestimate bit or a sore throat and use net pots for my nose, drink plenty of hot fluids with honey and lemon. dress for the weather and get good night’s sleep most nights

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  213. Steph C — January 23, 2018 @ 4:02 am (#)

    I drink lots of water, wash my hand often, and eat a balanced diet filled with lots of vegetables and fruit.

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  214. Scott Furminger — January 23, 2018 @ 10:26 am (#)

    Sometimes there are sooooo many sick people around I often play hermit! lol

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  215. HEIDI C. — January 23, 2018 @ 10:56 pm (#)

    I get the flu shot every year as a preventative measure against getting sick with it.

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  216. rosemary — January 24, 2018 @ 5:40 am (#)

    wow

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  217. Lucy — January 24, 2018 @ 12:36 pm (#)

    We make sure to wash our hands often and eat healthy!

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  218. Angela Griffin — January 24, 2018 @ 1:12 pm (#)

    I try to get lots of sleep and eat my veggies!

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  219. Hélène Chiasson — January 24, 2018 @ 5:45 pm (#)

    I get the flu shot, wash my hands and take vitamin C

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  221. Amanda P — January 27, 2018 @ 7:35 pm (#)

    I wash my hands often and use hand sanitizer while I’m out!

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  222. KellyPC — January 29, 2018 @ 3:47 am (#)

    Wash your hands! A lot!
    & get your flu shot!

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  223. Suzanne — January 30, 2018 @ 7:19 am (#)

    Washing my hands a lot and staying hydrated

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  224. Marisa — January 30, 2018 @ 9:42 pm (#)

    eat well and get enough sleep!

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  225. Laurence Price — February 1, 2018 @ 8:22 am (#)

    I wash my hands all the time to avoid germs. Keeping clean is important for everyone.

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  226. lorna — February 1, 2018 @ 6:03 pm (#)

    Rest, eat right and a flu shot for sure!!!

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  227. Jessica DuBose — February 1, 2018 @ 6:46 pm (#)

    I drink lots of water, eat lots of fruits and veggues, exercise and of course wash my hands frequently.

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  228. Erica — February 2, 2018 @ 1:22 pm (#)

    I drink a lot of fluids!

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  229. LisaM — February 2, 2018 @ 3:19 pm (#)

    We wash our hands all the time and get lots of rest.

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  230. Ginger Gervais — February 2, 2018 @ 9:40 pm (#)

    We drink plenty of fluids and get lots of rest!

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  231. Leigh Evans — February 3, 2018 @ 5:04 am (#)

    We eat well, get lots of rest, hydrate, and get our flu shots!

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  232. Melinda — February 3, 2018 @ 7:58 am (#)

    I get a good night’s sleep and eat healthy food.

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  233. Ruth Rutteman — February 3, 2018 @ 9:32 am (#)

    We have a large family and we regularly get the flu shot – anything that helps keep us healthy is great!

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  234. Scott V — February 3, 2018 @ 2:14 pm (#)

    Definitely eating healthy and keeping active, the better shape your body is in the better your immune system!

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  235. Samantha B — February 4, 2018 @ 3:13 am (#)

    My family makes sure to get plenty of rest and we always hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

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  236. Glenda — February 4, 2018 @ 5:42 am (#)

    I try my utmost to stay away from sick people and never touch my face with hands.

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  237. Jacqueline Daly — February 4, 2018 @ 9:08 am (#)

    I did get a flu shot early October. But it is hard for me to stay away from potential sickness as I work in customer service. You would be surprised those sicklies that come out and touch your things. I try to sanitize and wash my hands frequently, however, it’s hard with frequent exposure.

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  238. Jessica E Greenhood — February 4, 2018 @ 10:49 am (#)

    Absolutely brilliant! With the flu season in full fling, a shortage of antivirals to treat it and the fear of the vaccine’s side effects that have floated around by unsubstantiated facts.

    Constant hand washing, hand sanitizer & paranoia of touching bathroom handles. LOL

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  239. Allison Matz — February 4, 2018 @ 4:25 pm (#)

    Eat healthy, take vitamins, wash hands a lot.

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  240. Marie Constantineau — February 5, 2018 @ 11:49 am (#)

    I are best friends. That’s how I get through the Winters with no sickness.

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  241. Monique L.S. — February 5, 2018 @ 5:48 pm (#)

    I make sure to wash my hands often, drink lots of fluids and try to get lots of rest.

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  242. Michelle Dobson — February 6, 2018 @ 9:43 am (#)

    I constantly wash my hands, and drink a lot of orange juice.

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  243. Elizabeth Brooks — February 6, 2018 @ 10:31 am (#)

    I try to stay healthy by washing hands, drinking water, and vitamins

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  244. Rosanne Robinson — February 6, 2018 @ 5:53 pm (#)

    For medical reasons, I can’t get a flu shot, so take daily vitamins & eat healthy, wash & sanitize hands, stay hydrated, get 8 hours of sleep & avoid being near family members when they’re sick.

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  245. andie — February 7, 2018 @ 8:37 am (#)

    We run around reminding each other to wash hands…morning, noon and night.

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  246. Laura G — February 7, 2018 @ 4:46 pm (#)

    We always get the flu shot, taking extra vitamin C and wash our hands frequently to avoid the flu. This year we have also been avoiding large crowds because the flu is so bad.

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  247. Jessica W — February 8, 2018 @ 4:35 pm (#)

    I always get my flu shot, take vitamins and wash my hands frequently.

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  248. STACEY QUESNELLE — February 9, 2018 @ 5:56 am (#)

    Wear a mask in the waiting room if you must see walk-in doctor!!!!

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  249. Jessica — February 9, 2018 @ 9:47 am (#)

    Other than avoiding people like the plague or give them the stink eye when they cough and not cover their mouth (or leave a public bathroom and NOT wash their hands *shudder*), I don’t change anything out of my habits as consuming lots of vitamins, minerals, and keeping good hygiene is an ongoing habit, not seasonal.

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