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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Thank You

I just wanted to take a short minute to thank you all for your thoughts and prayers while Haddie was sick last week. The little munchkin's fever broke after the 4th day and relieved us all. She's still a little puny, but well on the road to recovery. Except for my cold, no one else has gotten sick (thank you Jesus!). I hope everyone else is having a flu free season. Here are some tips to help you stay healthy.

1. Have a flu shot if (according to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices):
You are pregnant
You are over 50 years old
You have a chronic medical conditions, such as a lung or heart disorder, diabetes, kidney disease, or HIV/AIDS
You are a health care worker, work in nursing homes or other assisted living facilities, or a daycare

Do NOT get a flu shot if (according to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices):
You have an allergy to eggs (the ingredients for flu shots are grown in eggs)
You have Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare immune-deficiency disorder
You've had an allergic reaction to past influenza vaccinations
You are currently sick with the fever, you should wait until you are healthy

2. Wash your hands, regularly.
3. Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze and cough.
4. Take your vitamins. Research shows that the right vitamins and supplements can be a great way to improve your immune system's natural defenses against illness. Talk to your physician to know the best ones for your lifestyle.
5. Do your best to avoid close contact with anyone who is sick (like us moms can really stay away from sick kids and hubbies).
6. Get plenty of rest at night.
7. Drink plenty of water.

Have a happy, healthy week!!!

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