This past weekend, I was out and about. I shopped for groceries, attended my son’s indoor soccer game, took my other son to a birthday party and even managed to squeeze in a quick brunch with a friend, which yielded the following plate of scrambled eggs.
I think I’ve been eating scrambled eggs the wrong way my entire life. Oh-Em-Gee.
My weekend was fun, productive, and most of all – I didn’t miss out on life’s little adventures because I was sick at home with the flu.
How did you celebrate a flu-free weekend? I posed the question to my followers on Twitter, and it was heartwarming to read all your responses! From enjoying time outdoors with the kids to celebrating birthdays and anniversaries, nothing kept you down. Congratulations on being winter warriors!
Unfortunately, not everyone was living it up – some followers responded that they had actually succumbed to the dreaded virus. What a downer! However, it’s a grim reminder that we’re not out of the woods just yet. In fact, we are currently in the peak of flu season in Canada. And remember, in addition to the serious health risks, the flu is also a major nuisance for many and provides a significant disruption in our daily lives. Fever and other symptoms can usually last up to 7 to 10 days, but the cough and weakness may last 1 to 2 weeks longer.
Which means that if you’re stuck at home this weekend with the flu, chances are, you may be in the same boat (bed?) next weekend, too.
So, if you’re one of the lucky ones who managed to escape the flu virus and enjoy a healthy weekend, what can you do to ensure you don’t fall sick in the months to come? Simple. Lots of hand washing, eating a well balanced diet, and if you haven’t already, get the flu shot. It’s not too late!
“Flu season typically peaks between December and February but significant activity can occur as late as May,” says Dr. Dan Jernigan, Deputy Director of the Influenza Division in the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at CDC. “We are encouraging people who have not yet been vaccinated this season to get vaccinated now.”
Getting the flu shot is your best defense against the flu, and this year it’s more convenient than ever – simply pop in to your participating neighbourhood Shoppers Drug Mart. Remember, since the virus that causes the flu changes from year to year, the flu vaccine you received last year may not protect you this year. Flu vaccinations are offered at participating Shoppers Drug Mart stores and will be administered to people aged 5 and above (9 and above in Alberta and Saskatchewan; 7 and above in Manitoba). Click here for more information.
Celebrate your flu-free weekends, Canadians!
I did get my flu shot this year, however, I still cannot talk hubby into it!! Do other women run into this problem? Anyhow, I have been flu free and enjoying grand daughters thoroughly!! ????
My husband got is flu shot and he still got the flu! Poor guy!
it’s great being flu free
So far we have been flu free this winter and yes we got our flu shots!
I have been getting the flu shot every year for the last nine years and have not gotten the flu, I’m one of the lucky ones!!
Hubby and I both got the shots and so far this winter we have been cold/flu free
We get the flu shots every year and so far so good; no flu for us and more time to spend with our new grandchildren!
So far so good
The flu sucks. We’re lucky we can take measures to help avoid it.
flu sucks! luckily we haven’t had it in recent years thanks to the flu shot and taking the necessary precautions
My daughter had it but I isolated her germs and strapped Lysol wipes to my hip
aint no one has time to make eggs like that! i’ve got places to go and bacon to eat
I have had a 6-week battle with a raging sinus infection but, at least, I haven’t had the flu :)!
I’m very faithful in the flu shot. I haven’t been sick at all this year.
We’re flu free so far!
So far no flu this year knock on wood!
We always get the flu shot
The kind of flu that my hubby, younger daughter and I could not escape from was the dreaded stomach flu. Although the 3 of us got sick, I was grateful that my older daughter and my son escaped from catching the stomach flu from any of us. I had to isolate the two of them from the rest of us.
Once we got over the stomach flu, everyone was treated out for some funnel cakes.
I got my flu shot, always do & so far so good
My family got their flu shots at our local Shopper’s Drug Mart. We all feel so much better about it. It’s just not worth getting sick, sick, sick, yuck.
My son recently had the flu and it was HORRIBLE! Somehow I managed to keep myself and my daughter flu-free with careful hand washing and sanitizing. But wow…. I hope none of us ever have to go through that again…. it was awful to watch my son so sick!!!
I get annual flu shot at the doctors for years I hadn’t but my family said you get sick every winter..go get your flu shot and you know what..i haven’t been sick since. Amazing. every winter since I started taking it.
Hubby and i both got our flu shot this year and its been a good winter so far enjoying the weather flu-free
Its still Flu season in my part of the Country,todays its 6 degrees with showers for the next 3 days certainly not what we were hoping for in June
I have been flu free for over 20 years and it’s probably been about the same amount of time since I’ve had a cold
Debbie White Beattie
I’ve never gotten a flu shot but my husband gets one every year. I’m not sure why I don’t but I feel like somehow I’ll end up worse. It’s silly I know !
We went the whole winter without any bug!