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Working parents will understand that over the Christmas season there’s not much time for rest – work is hectic, your Christmas shopping list is endless and there are plenty of seasonal activities that will keep you and your family busy. Getting sick isn’t really an option.
Let us share some handy tips to help you defeat those seasonal colds and flu so you can get on with the fun of Christmas time.
Basic germ control
One of the common problems with being a parent is the delightful germs that find their way home from nurseries or school. For starters, make sure everyone is washing their hands regularly with soap and water to keep germs at bay.
At the office, clean work surfaces, keyboards and telephones as often as you can to prevent the spread of germs.
Find out what you’re entitled to
It’s not always general knowledge that flu vaccinations are available, not only to those over a certain age or with a serious health condition. Check with your GP if you are eligible to receive an annual flu jab, usually from October each year.
You could be entitled to the flu vaccination if you fall under the following:
• You’re pregnant
• You have a medical condition
• You’re a carer of someone at risk of complications of the flu
• You’re a healthcare professional
Maintain a healthy lifestyle
While there might not be direct evidence that this will prevent the common cold or flu, it is still a certainty that it will keep your immune system in good working order by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Remember to exercise regularly, get a good night sleep and eat well, making sure you aim to eat your five-a-day and stay hydrated throughout the winter period.
Chicken soup isn’t just for the soul
Believe it or not, this old wives tale that a bowl of chicken soup will help you feel better actually has some grounding in science. The tried and tested remedy that’s been served by parents for years has now been shown via a scientific study to contain substances that ease the symptoms related to colds and flu.
According to the research, chicken soup has a mild effect on slowing down the cells that cause the virus to spread in your body, acting as a mild anti-inflammatory. Adding a little pepper to your soup can help to clear up a blocked nose, too.
So the next time you get a cold or flu and you’re looking for ways to ease your discomfort, reach for some chicken soup.