I’m fortunate enough to work for a company that gives their employees free flu shots. If you work for an organization that gives out free flu shots then take advantage of that. Walgreens did a study about the flu and the following survey results were:
- Holiday events missed: 17 million (over a 300 percent increase)
- Vacations missed: 11 million ((over a 267 percent increase)
- School Days Missed: 90 million (in 2010-2011 – 32 million school days were missed)
The flu impacts employees and last year alone employees lost more than $8.5 billion dollars in lost wages. Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed (60 percent) say they will take extra precautions to avoid the flu this year, including washing hands more frequently (87 percent), getting a flu shot earlier (51 percent), getting flu shots for family members (49 percent), limiting time in public places (43 percent) and trying working from home more often (11 percent).
On the photo to the left actress Amanda Peet is getting her flu shot at Walgreen’s. She is the Ambassador to the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life Program.
Amanda spoke about the importance of providing life-saving vaccinations to children in need across the globe. According to Shot@Life and the UN Foundation:
- One-in-five children worldwide lack access to lifesaving immunizations;
- A child dies of a vaccine-preventable disease every 20 seconds;
- The number of children dying every year from preventable diseases in developing countries is nearly equal to half the children entering kindergarten in the U.S.
Check out this video about this year’s statistic on the flu.
Schedule your flu shot, find a Walgreen’s location and learn more about this study.
Are you planning on getting a flu shot this year for you and your family?
In my cabinet: Safe anti-bacterial products you might be interested in
eos Medicated Tangerine Anti-Bacterial Lip Balm Smooth Sphere
As flu season begins, nothing is more important than keeping you and your family healthy – which is easy with the eos Tangerine Medicated Smooth Sphere Lip Balm. This lip balm provides medicated relief and helps prevent contamination on your lips. The adorable lip balm is packed with antioxidants, zinc, vitamins C & E, shea butter and jojoba oil. This lip balm is perfect for pampering your lips while protecting them from germs and bacteria.
Available: EvolutionOfSmooth.com, Target, Rite Aid, Drugstore.com
The ACU-LIFE True Easy Syringe is a liquid medication dosage device designed to help caretakers administer a safe and precise prescribed dose. The patented True Easy Syringe delivers an accurate dose of medication every time.
- Ensure accuracy with color-coded dosage
- Easy-to-read calibrations
- Control the flow of medicine with easy push-top
- Oversized grip to easily hold and use
- Quick and Easy to clean
- BPA Free
This syringe is available at CVS and Walgreen’s.
Books on Children’s Health
THE A TO Z OF CHILDREN’S HEALTH: A Parent’s Guide from Birth to 10 Years
Every parent/caregiver needs a copy of this book to help with the day-to-day issues they will encounter in raising their children from birth to 10 years.
This comprehensive and contemporary guide is written by the pediatric experts at the world-renowned Hospital for Sick Children (Sickkids). It goes without saying that no one understands kids better than these experts. The guide covers over 235 childhood conditions and illnesses in children ages newborn to ten in a friendly yet authoritative manner. Written by by Dr. Jeremy Friedman (Author) , Natasha Saunders (Author) , Norman Saunders (Author). Get your copy at Amazon.com
What about pets? Did you know that your pet can also get a flu Vaccine. Visit the American Veterinarian Medical Association for more details!
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