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Flu Season

Flu Season

With fall right around the corner, flu season is shortly behind. Flu season often begins in late fall and continues throughout the winter often hitting a peak during January and February. Families Fighting Flu is an organization that is dedicated to increasing education regarding the flu in order to decrease the number of flu-related hospitalizations and to save other’s lives. To prevent the flu, they recommend getting vaccinated, washing hands regularly, coughing into elbows, avoiding touching your face, and disinfecting surfaces often.  


Between COVID-19 and the flu, the Washington Post reports that experts are urging Americans to attain the flu vaccine. The CDC states that the best line of defense against the flu is receiving a flu shot annually. Each year, researchers create the vaccine composed of four different flu viruses. The benefits of the vaccine include keeping you from getting sick and reducing risk of hospitalization for other flu-related illnesses. Once given to a patient, the flu vaccine takes about two weeks to create antibodies within one's body. Therefore, the CDC recommends receiving the vaccine by the end of October. Flu shots are available at most pharmacies and doctors offices. Many pharmacies have walk up appointments for vaccines. Many offices are also trying to find other ways for people to obtain the flu shot. Some medical groups have discussed arranging outdoor and drive up vaccination clinics in an effort to make them more attainable to everyone. 


While it can be difficult to distinguish if your symptoms are from a cold or the flu, this infographic and webpage from Families Fighting Flu help to guide you. The stories on their website share pictures and information about families who have been impacted by the flu. Latasha Hayes was 34 years old when she was diagnosed with pneumonia and congestive heart failure brought on by influenza. Her initial symptoms included a persistent cough, continuous exhaustion, and no appetite. As her symptoms continued, she went to urgent care as well as the hospital. After waking up with labored breathing and pain, she went back to the emergency room and more tests were done. Her condition quickly deteriorated, and she was close to death. While she has reclaimed much of her health, she continues to have lasting medical conditions. Her experience has made her appreciate her health even more and advocate for obtaining the flu vaccination annually. 


At Cold FAid®, our aim is for you and your family to stay happy and healthy by preventing the flu. Text COLDFAID to 47177 to sign up for personalized reminders to get your annual flu vaccine. Help protect yourself and your loved ones this season! 

Every Vote Counts

Every Vote Counts

Election Day, November 3rd, is coming up quickly. This day of civic duty is essential for and foundational to our democracy. The pandemic has brought a whole host of concerns about the important upcoming election. Between mail-in voting and voter fraud, discussions about the election have flooded the news cycle. 


During an interview with NPR, Kim Wehle, author of What You Need To Know About Voting And Why, discussed some of the biggest misconceptions about voting. Studies have shown that voter fraud is not as common as reported. Due to the pandemic, mailing in votes has become a topic of discussion, Kim Wehle reported that areas that previously mailed in votes had higher voter turnout. 


According to the  New York Times article about mail-in voting, 76% of Americans will be eligible to mail-in vote this year. While some states have made temporary changes to voting regulations, other states, including New York, are still requiring explained excuses for absentee voting. However, days ago, NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo made sweeping election changes to allow voters to receive absentee ballots due to the risk of COVID for themselves or to others. The article, Where Americans Can Vote by Mail in the 2020 Election, states that 57% of states allow absentee ballots, 21% of states mail ballots for all residents, and 22% of states require excuses. Check out the absentee and early voting laws in your state. In-person early voting is available. One can also choose to drop off ballots at their local election office, polling place, or dropbox. If choosing to mail in your vote, make sure to mail it early to allow plenty of time for it to arrive. 


 With political party conventions ongoing and candidates lined up, citizens need to take the time to research each politician to see which one aligns with one's values. Looking into candidates, especially in local elections, is essential as these people will make a huge difference in your community. 


Your vote matters. This election season, make sure your voice is heard. Explore Vote.org to check your registration, register to vote, or request an absentee ballot. 


Cold FAid®️ supports the health of our communities and our nation...please vote.  

College Move In

College Move In

College move-in looks different this year. While some schools are opting for online instruction, others are offering on-campus living and in-person classes. Colleges are considering a variety of different models in order to try to identify and contain COVID-19 outbreaks. NPR reported that some colleges are planning to test campus members twice a week while others are requiring initial tests. For colleges with campuses opening, studies are showing more frequently that consistent testing is needed in order to keep students and faculty safe. The CDC has listed considerations for school administrators on their website. They provided some guidelines on how risky are certain activities, engaging campus communities in safe behaviors, maintaining healthy spaces, and formulating a plan for when someone gets sick. 


Even if your university has guidelines consistent with recommendations, it is important for students and campus staff to be vigilant. Staying safe will in turn help to keep others safe. When shopping for things to bring to campus, make sure to include these on your shopping list


  • Masks-  Multiple masks are essential for protecting yourself and others. After each use, make sure to wash that mask in order to get rid of the air particles. Also, remember to avoid touching the mask or your face. If you do, make sure to thoroughly wash your hands. 

   

  • Cleaning supplies-  Disinfect surfaces to clean after contact with others. Soap and surface cleaning supplies, such as paper towels, disinfectant, wipes, gloves, and sponges can be effective. Make sure to have plenty of tissues on hand as well to help prevent transmitting coronavirus to roommates. 

  • Vitamin D-  Some studies are showing that vitamin D can be helpful in reducing the risk of contracting COVID-19. An article from Harvard Medical School discusses how vitamin D boosts a body’s immune system and can prevent an exaggerated immune response. 

  • Basic First Aid items-  Cough medicine and lozenges may help to ease a cough or sore throat. Of note, Zinc Lozenges have antiviral properties that have been proven to optimize the body’s immune response to viruses as well as inhibit viral attachment and viral replication.  Zinc is being studied for its role in the prevention and treatment of coronavirus. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium) or acetaminophen are useful to combat fevers as well as aches and pains. A thermometer is useful to check your temperature. If you contract coronavirus, take your temperature multiple times a day. After being fever free for 72 hours, self isolate for 7 days to reduce the spread. A humidifier is also useful to ease respiratory symptoms and is recommended by the CDC.

  • Cold FAid®-  In addition to coronavirus, college campuses can be rampant with other illnesses as students are in close contact with one another. Be prepared to combat the common cold with the Cold FAid® kit, which contains zinc as well as 3 other over-the-counter medications. To read more about the cold-fighting strategy, check out the website

We, at Cold FAid®, are here to help you and your family stay safe. We will get through this together by looking out for others and remaining informed.