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6 Tips For Avoiding the Flu {and Cold}

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Everyone, and I mean everyone {but me}, seems to have the flu. It’s  been circulating around Los Angeles over the past few weeks and it’s made it’s way into my house. Both of my parents, my brother and now husband have all been stung by this nasty bug and I am doing anything and everything I can to not get infected. With a trip Paris days away, I’m taking all precautions to avoid getting sick. I have been lining my nose with Neosporin and hitting the Vitamin C hard. I took Grant to the urgent care yesterday and found out he has influenza type A. The doctor prescribed him with an anti-viral medication called Tamiflu and also put me on a mild dose as a preventative.

I asked my Instagram audience to chime in on home remedies and tricks to avoid getting the flu. They offered up some very strong suggestions that I thought I would share in this post. Scroll down to read more.

What is your top tip for avoiding the flu? Leave a comment below.

My friend Kim from the blog Eat, Sleep,Wear says to “wash your hands 5,000 time a day.”

@KellyKnt says to “Get a flu shot. Pro Tip: Wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds and sing Happy Birthday while you do it to make sure it’s 20 seconds long.”

@JustEnoughThyme advised to put a few drops of “oil of oregano under the tongue AM & PM. Burns like hell but in a good way.”

@Bgeng suggested to “drink bone broth!”

@sarahphillip says “When you feel like you have a cold or flu coming, take zinc tablets and vitamin C”

@lynnesitton said to use “lots of oils!” and says because oregano oil burns she puts it on her kids feet instead

A few more tips that I found with online research include:

  1. Wash your hands vigorously for 15 seconds with warm water and soap.
  2. Avoid close contact with anyone and if you shake someones hand, wash your hands immediately after.
  3. Get a flu shot
  4. Keep your surroundings clean by Cloroxing and open up windows in the house
  5. Get plenty of rest to keep your immune system high strong
  6. Use alcohol based hand sanitizer


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  • Mandira Adhikari

    I am myself under the flu! Great tips though..thanks for sharing…I keep on repeating all these to my patients but majority of the time they don’t seem to work! You simply just catch cold 🙁

  • The Gold Lipstick

    Absolutely love it!

    Mireia from TGL

  • Everyone on the tube was sniffling and coughing this morning and after reading this post I’m slightly grossed out haha!

    chevrons & éclairs

  • Em

    Argh, yes I was totally taken down by the flu a month or so ago. The best preventative is sleep!

  • Thank-you for all these tips! The amount of people that I work with that are sick right now is pretty mad, so I’m trying everything! Ha!

    I hope you’re having a great Friday!

  • Fortune Dushey

    I know this is going to sound crazy but the times I opted for the flu shot are when I got the flu. I question the shot but should really wait until flu season is over this year before I say anything!

  • Rach

    Yes, I totally agree with these tips!

  • Great tips … Fight the flu, you just have to keep on fighting, Paris is on the mind.! 💗👍🏼

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  • I haven’t tried it yet but people swear by a homemade elderberry syrup!

  • Boni Geng

    omg i die. that’s me mentioned on the blog i’ve been following for nearly 8 years!!!!

  • I get a flu shot every day and it does work!

  • Janie

    its good practice to get the flu shot every year and create what is known as tribe immunity.

  • Janie

    and flu is a virus whereas a cold is a bacterial infection

  • Holly Gery

    The stomach flu went through our entire house and I was the last one to fall. Honestly it’s a miracle you didn’t get it from Grant. Nice work! And I love these tips. You’re right, it’s a total epidemic in socal right now…and from what I’ve read, in many other places, too! My son’s doc warned us this was going to happen after she went to a conference and they predicted this. I didn’t really believe her, oops, she was right!
    Stay healthy!

  • I was convinced that with my flu shot guarded me against the germs . Alas my partner and I both armed with this shot , succumbed to the nastiest flu I have ever had . I now know to listen to all these great tips !
    This is no laughing matter many people die every year from the flu.
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