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Stay Healthy During This Cold and Flu Season!

Stay Healthy During This Cold and Flu Season!


This time of year is common for sickness. The Flu this year in Georgia is particularly dangerous. . This strand of flu affects young people and children more than older adults. . Fox news reported many people in Georgia have already been hospitalized with the flu. If you haven’t gotten a flu shot, you still have time. A flu shot does not give you the flu! This is a myth. Actually, with a flu shot you have a 70% less chance of getting the flu. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/

 I got mine this year! You can go to any CVS, Kroger, Publix or Walgreens stores to purchase a flu shot.


Here are some great tips to help keep you healthy and happy while you are here in the USA!

Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables each day.

heart of vegs and fruits.


Drink at least four glasses of water each day.

Have three good laughs each day. This keeps your immune system primed!

 Jo, Renee and Lumen

Limit computer, TV or phone texting time to less than two hours each day.


Get one hour of physical activity each day.

Get eight of more hours of sleep.


Host families are usually very supportive of an au pair who gets sick. However, if you are staying up late, going out a lot and generally not taking care of yourself, their reaction may be different. 

Don’t forget to wash your hands. Say the alphabet song or count to 26. This is how long you must wash to ” wash” away a flu bug.

Wash your hands after being out in public places.   germs on hands

Have your school age children wash their hands when arriving home from school.

Do you part to keep yourself healthy. This will help to make your au pair stay in the USA the best it can be!

Keep Healthy This Cold and Flu Season

Keep Healthy This Cold and Flu Season!

Here are a few tips that are helpful in keeping yourself and your host children healthy this winter season.


1. Wash your hands often and thoroughly with warm, soapy water. Say your abc song to make sure you are washing long enough!

2. Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth. Make a habit of never touching your face.

3. Don’t leave your used tissues lying around. Wash your hands after throwing them away. 14424787-woman-with-tissue-and-spray-feels-unwell-with-flu-isolated-on-white

4. Routinely disinfect shared objects at home. Don’t forget the keyboard of computers and the TV remote. Door knobs and stair rails are places to clean as well.

5. Consider getting a flu shot. It is a myth that the shot will make you sick.  The flu shot can prevent most flu infections.

6. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue on the inside of your arm when you sneeze or cough. Flu germs can travel up to 20 feet very quickly.  11369430-close-up-of-a-man-stifling-a-sneeze-in-his-elbow

7. If you are sick avoid going to crowded places and keep your distance from family members.

8. Get enough rest. Don’t be tempted to stay out late with friends. Let your body have a chance to heal.

9. If a fever last more than three days, see a doctor.

10. Keep cool air circulating and surfaces dry. Germs like moist, warm environments.

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