SDM Flu Fighters

5 Ways To Avoid Getting The Flu This Season (Plus A Giveaway!)

It’s cold and flu season, Hooray!!!! Nobody likes to be sick and no one likes to miss out on everything the holidays have to bring, so I have put together a quick list of things that you can do to avoid getting the flu this year. You’re welcome!

1. Follow Your Children Around With Disinfectant Wipes

That’s right, as long as you never let your child get dirty or touch anything, they can’t possibly get sick! The key is to follow them around with a package of disinfectant wipes (available at Shoppers Drug Mart) and clean their hands and face at every turn. It’s important to use the wipes even if they haven’t touched anything as there are still particles in the air that could cling to their hands and face!

2. Cover Your Mouth When You Sneeze

This lesson is one of the hardest for kids to wrap their heads around. In their minds, the proper way to sneeze is the exact moment when mom or dad are sitting next to them and least expecting it. In rare cases the sneeze will happen while you are playing airplane with their nose directly above your open mouth. When this happens, the best way to proceed is to gently land the plane and immediately hop in the shower for 3 hours.

3. Don’t Reuse Tissues!!!

I still have nightmares about watching my grandmother pull that dirty old tissue out of her pocket to use on my face and nose. Seriously though, how expensive is facial tissue that we even consider reusing it multiple times, let alone licking it first?! Think of the germs that are being spread with each use!! You know what? The thought of this is so gross that I actually need a moment to collect myself before moving on to the next item…

4. Wear a Medical Mask At All Times

This one is obvious and should be followed by everyone. With so many germs floating around out there, this is the only surefire way to keep from accidentally ingesting them. Worried about looking silly? Don’t! All you have to do is either find masks with cool images, like mine, or decorate them yourselves and voila! Welcome to Coolville!

5. Visit Shoppers Drug Mart And Get Your Flu Shot!

The easiest way to avoid getting the flu and ensuring that you don’t miss out this holiday season is to visit your local Shoppers Drug Mart and getting the flu shot. I mean, c’mon, who wants to walk around with a Mickey Mouse medical mask on all the time, am I right? What are you still reading this for? Scoop up your family, head to your local Shoppers Drug Mart and protect yourself against this year’s flu. Actually, wait and enter my giveaway first, THEN go get your flu shot!

Cold & Flu Prize Pack Giveaway!

SDM Cold and Flu Prize Pack

Because you are all so amazing, I am going to be giving away a Cold & Flu Prize Pack which includes a $100 gift card from Shoppers Drug Mart! This should get you through any sniffles you may come across during flu season and prevent you from having to reuse tissues… This giveaway is open to residents of Canada, excluding Quebec.

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Disclosure: I was compensated for my participation in the #SDMFluFighters program but truly am haunted by the image of my grandmother reusing tissues.

251 replies
  1. JaimeeM
    JaimeeM says:

    My best tip is that you should always wash your hands and sanitize all of the contact points in your home (door knobs, light switches, remote buttons, phones)

  2. L illian Brown
    L illian Brown says:

    Wash your hands often and always wipe off the handles of your shopping cards-most stores have wipes available where you pick up your carts or carry your own

  3. jan
    jan says:

    Your grandma kept the tissue in her pocket? Personally I prefer mine up my sleeve poking out just a little so everyone can see it.
    Sneeze into your elbow, not your hand.

  4. andrea amy
    andrea amy says:

    Best way to avoid the flu is to lock yourself in a closet all alone for about 5 months. If that isn’t an option, go on vacation somewhere warm and tropical. A secluded island away from people is probably your best bet. If you can’t do that either, make sure to drink plenty of fluids, take your vitamins, dress for the weather (in layers) and eat lots of fresh produce.

  5. Elizabeth Vlug
    Elizabeth Vlug says:

    My best tip is to wash your hands. And then wash them again. And please, please stop touching your face. And keep your fingers out of your nose while you are at it. lol.

  6. Rob V
    Rob V says:

    This one may not be for the flu but it is a great way to avoid getting sick. Close your toilet when you flush and keep your toothbrush in a different room than your bathroom. A ton of germs are in your bathrroom! Just think about it!

  7. Wanda Tracey
    Wanda Tracey says:

    I like to get the flu shot in the fall.I also like to use Lysol or Chlorox disinfecting
    wipes to get rid of germs on the controllers,key pads,phones etc.Last but not least
    I like to wash my hands frequently. 🙂

  8. Bonnie
    Bonnie says:

    Have Vitamin C, oranges, tomatoes and kiwi. Ask people if anyone; is not well before a play date.Wash winter outerwear. Eat and sleep well. Wash toys, also wash hands often. Have family members take a daily vitamin. G?gle foods to prevent sickness.

  9. Erinn Lishman
    Erinn Lishman says:

    My best tip is to get outside. Seriously! We get sick during winter because we stay inside in close quarters with people so getting outside and getting fresh air is great!

  10. crystal
    crystal says:

    I always try to wash my hands a lot. Im a cleaner. So when i know the plague is going aeound i leave extra lysol wipes and disinfecting spray everywhere for easy access.

  11. Debbie Bashford
    Debbie Bashford says:

    Wash your hands frequently, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, being with ill people and especially before you eat

  12. Taha
    Taha says:

    I avoid human interaction at all costs 😛 And of course get the flu shot, wash my hands obsessively. I should start wearing a mask!

  13. Kevin n
    Kevin n says:

    The basics – keep your hands clean and always ensure to sneeze away from others.

    Keeping hydrated helps, particularly when you are actually sick.

  14. Lynda Cook
    Lynda Cook says:

    I have been getting my flu shot for the last nine years now and that helps, plus eat healthy, drink plenty of fluids and look after yourself, and if your sick stay home!!

  15. Lauren
    Lauren says:

    Stay home. Find a job you can do from home. Homeschool your kids. Order everything (including groceries) online. Do not answer the door, even for the delivery guy. Wait 10 minutes after he has left so the cold gets rid of any germs he may have left on the package. Then open the door to get the package. Don’t forget to fill your house with lightbulbs that mimic sunshine, so you don’t get vitamin D deficient.

  16. Alayne Langford
    Alayne Langford says:

    We get the flu shot, drink fluids, wipe everything, wash hands, sneeze in our sleeve, and we take 1 tbsp of raw honey every day! ?

  17. Kim
    Kim says:

    Don’t go to work or school or anywhere when you are sick. Its not noble, its selfish and if you bring a bug into a community chances are it will come back around to you.

  18. anna key
    anna key says:

    Frequent hand washing, avoid public transit and washrooms if possible, and take emergen-c… also make sure you get adequate rest, exercise and sleep!

  19. Meg A
    Meg A says:

    I wrote to the Ontario Ministry of Health regarding prevention of the cold and flu viruses to save them on spending for it. But, nobody got back to me. Aside from the obvious mechanical ways of preventing diseases, there is also the natural way of building your immunity through sleep, healthy eating, exercise & TLC. What can replace our bodies when we get sick if we don’t take care of ourselves except when we’re already sick? BTW. I wipe my mouth with Vichy 3-in-1 One Step Solution whenever I sneeze to get the yucky germs and smell out of my mouth area and lips. On the go, a wet wipe will do. I have tissue boxes everywhere at home & in my bag so, I’m not sneezing and spreading germs in the air. After throwing the garbage, I disinfect both garbage bins and doorknobs.

  20. Jessica
    Jessica says:

    I make my kids wash their hands as soon as they get home from school. They also all have their own personal hand sanitizers that click on their bags. We also have that and lysol wipes all over the place!

  21. Lindsey
    Lindsey says:

    My tip for avoiding the flu is to avoid touching public door handles as much as possible – AND, drink lemon water every day multiple times a day for an instant detox.

  22. kristen visser
    kristen visser says:

    Besides getting our flu shot, we make sure to wash our hands often, bundle up good, cough and sleeve in our sleeves (yum) and take our vitamins. oh and sleep (ya right) and H2O help too 🙂

  23. DianeG
    DianeG says:

    Get plenty of rest and stay away from others that are sick. This tip means we can stay home a lot in winter, rest on the couch, watch the new programs on tv and say it is because we want to be healthy..

  24. Wayne Lecoy
    Wayne Lecoy says:

    It would be great to win a Shoppers Drug Mart Cold & Flu Prize Pack.
    In response to your requirement to
    Leave a comment on this post with my best tip on how to avoid the flu.
    My best tip is wash your hands regularly,take vitamin c tablets
    and try to stay away from people who have colds and flu.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

  25. Brenda Smith
    Brenda Smith says:

    Use your common sense to prevent the flu. Eat healthy, get sleep, take vitamins, wash hands frequently, avoid sick people and if you do get sick, stay home from work. (Flu shot if you opt for it)

  26. Krista M
    Krista M says:

    When the teachers said the flu was going around the classroom, I sent a note asking if I could send my son to school wearing a gas mask! Handwashing & gas masks are my ‘avoid the flu’ advice haha!
    (I originally posted this comment the first time this giveaway went live on Nov.20. Then the giveaway link was broken & re-posted a few days later on 24th.)

  27. Jennifer A M
    Jennifer A M says:

    Wash your grimy hands!

    Oh and I gagged a little about the dirty tissue up the sleeve. My grandmother did that too. Blech.

  28. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    When going out take some wipes with you and wipe things off as well as your hands and don’t put them near your face when your out. Advoid sick cashiers.

  29. Pamela
    Pamela says:

    Hey Chris,
    I wish we had those awesome masks at work – give some character to what we wear all the time at the lab. We drink lots of water with citrus in it to help fight off colds and flus – extra vitamin C helps in anyway you can get it. Plus we also sanitize and use a humidifier!

  30. michelle matta
    michelle matta says:

    stay away from people living with a sick person. not JUST the sick person. things are contagious before the host has symptoms unfortunately

  31. Carey Hurst
    Carey Hurst says:

    We practice gratitude for our health everyday . We were meant to live in a state of health getting sick isnt normal , we have been completely healthy for over a year now, not even the sniffles. We also drink tons of water , yes I have purell to .

  32. Suzi
    Suzi says:

    Become seriously anti-social. If you don’t talk to people, you can’t catch anything from them. I personally prefer to hibernate like a bear! 🙂


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