BY JOSEPH HANNA
IT’S THAT time of
year again, when sniffles and sneezes take
over the o;ce or home.
There are ways to stop
the spread of germs.
Here are four tips on
how to avoid germs.
Wash your hands
with soap and water at least ;ve times a day.
It is the single most e;ective way to prevent
the spread of germs. Be sure to lather your
hands with soap and water for at least ;;
seconds, and don’t forget the back of your
hands, between your ;ngers and under your
nails. If you can’t get to a sink, use a hand
sanitizer with at least ;; per cent alcohol
in it. Also, cough or sneeze into the crook
of your arm rather than your hand. If you
use a tissue, throw it out immediately after
use. Since viruses and bacteria can easily
transfer from your hands to your face, avoid
touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Disinfect your home
If a family member is sick, use disinfectant wipes in high-tra;c areas to clean
keyboards, light switches, doorknobs,
telephones and TV remotes. Avoid sharing cups, dishes or cutlery. Replace fabric
hand towels with disposable ones when
possible or have a separate hand towel for
each individual in the house.
Stay at home if you are sick
Stay at home if you are feeling sick
so you don’t spread the illness to others
around you. It’s best to stay clear of work
or school for as long as you have symptoms.
It’s recommended that you stay at home at
least ;; hours after your fever goes away.
Talk to your pharmacist
Pharmacists can recommend products
that can help provide relief of your cold or
;u symptoms. This can include medicine
for coughs, an antihistamine for a runny
nose or sneezing and pain relievers for
muscle aches and fever. Salt nasal sprays
can also be helpful.
Good health habits, like hand-washing
and getting a ;u shot, may not completely
rid you of all future illness, but they can go
a long way in preventing infections and
their spread to others. Share these good
health habits with those around you. C
Pharmacies in Costco’s Quebec locations are independently owned and operated by pharmacists.
B.Sc. Phm., CDE,
CGP, is director of
GET ALL YOUR SHOTS
IMMUNIZATIONS ARE the best way to
protect yourself and others from the
flu and other diseases such as shingles,
pneumonia and hepatitis A or B. Unfortunately, there is no vaccine that protects against cold viruses, but people
with chronic health conditions, such as
asthma, lung or heart disease, or diabetes, can be protected against flu and
pneumonia. Shingles is a painful condition caused by the reactivation of the
virus that causes chickenpox, and the
vaccine is recommended for adults over
50 years old. Hepatitis A and B vaccinations are commonly recommended for
those taking a trip to tropical destinations.
Costco pharmacies offer a range of
vaccinations, including those that protect you from the flu, pneumonia, shingles and hepatitis A or B. Appointments
are often not necessary (excluding
Quebec), but some vaccines need a prescription. Just walk in with your provincial health card. Talk to the staff at your
local Costco Pharmacy for more information on our immunization services. Age
restrictions may apply.—JH
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