flu shot http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/11339/all en-US Flashback Friday: 41 Frugal Ways to Battle a Cold or Flu http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-41-frugal-ways-to-battle-a-cold-or-flu <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-41-frugal-ways-to-battle-a-cold-or-flu" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_sick_flu_162061759.jpg" alt="Couple finding frugal ways to battle a cold or flu" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you gotten sick yet this season? No matter what your answer is, you might end up with a cold or flu before the snow melts. And being sick just sucks. It can also cost a lot of money to recover. You should do everything you can to guard against the crud, but if you find yourself down for the count, here are 41 frugal ways to battle a cold or flu.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_100133849_MEDIUM.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-important-reasons-to-always-call-in-sick-when-youre-sick?ref=fbf">8 Important Reasons to Always Call In Sick When You're Sick</a> &mdash; One of the most important things you can do when you're sick is to stay home! Don't try to be the hero and work through an illness. You spread your germs all over the office when you're too sick to focus and nobody wins.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-frugal-ways-to-treat-the-common-cold?ref=fbf">9 Frugal Ways to Treat the Common Cold</a> &mdash; Since both the cold and the flu are viruses, there is no &quot;cure.&quot; However, these frugal &quot;treatments&quot; might help you feel good enough to get back to your normal routine.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock-510574486.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-high-cost-of-catching-a-cold-or-the-flu?ref=fbf">The High Cost of Catching a Cold or the Flu</a> &mdash; You might think that the cost of catching a cold is nothing more than a bag of cough drops and a box of tissues. You would be wrong. Even if you have health insurance, being sick can add up quickly. Being informed will motivate you to maintain a healthy lifestyle.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-all-natural-home-remedies-for-colds?ref=fbf">7 All Natural Home Remedies for Colds</a> &mdash; When you're sniffily and congested, shop your pantry for the best cold home remedies. A couple bowls of broth and a spoonful of honey can work wonders on your cold symptoms.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/flu_vaccine_000050442510.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-places-to-get-vaccinated-for-cheap-or-free?ref=fbf">7 Places to Get Vaccinated for Cheap or Free</a> &mdash; If you haven't gotten your flu shot yet, head to your local pharmacy! That big flu strain is going around right now, and you can still guard yourself against it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-these-9-health-moves-now-or-youll-regret-it-in-20-years?ref=fbf">Make These 9 Health Moves Now or You'll Regret It in 20 Years</a> &mdash; An easy way to protect yourself against these common viruses is to eat healthy, get enough sleep, and stay active. Any bad habits that could weaken your immune system could lead you straight into bed with a fever. Health is wealth, y'all!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-41-frugal-ways-to-battle-a-cold-or-flu">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-38-ways-to-get-more-sleep-tonight">Flashback Friday: 38 Ways to Get More Sleep Tonight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-76-new-years-resolutions-thatll-make-2017-your-year">Flashback Friday: 76 New Year&#039;s Resolutions That&#039;ll Make 2017 Your Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-84-frugal-ways-to-eliminate-stress">Flashback Friday: 84 Frugal Ways to Eliminate Stress</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-87-frugal-ways-to-make-winter-less-miserable">Flashback Friday: 87 Frugal Ways to Make Winter Less Miserable</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-99-best-fitness-hacks-of-all-time">Flashback Friday: The 99 Best Fitness Hacks of All Time</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living cold common cold fbf flashback friday flu flu shot frugal living Health home remedies Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:30:30 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1877682 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Find an Affordable Flu Shot http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-find-an-affordable-flu-shot <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-find-an-affordable-flu-shot" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4270298263_f78ee9fca0_z.jpg" alt="Find an affordable flu shot" title="Find an affordable flu shot" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on finding an affordable flu shot, jobs for people who want to work from home, and things that will be cheaper in 2013.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://money.msn.com/frugal-living/post.aspx?post=4765626f-e2fa-4527-bbfd-cdfb8ef0e9db&amp;ref=bfv">Find an Affordable Flu Shot</a> &mdash; Don't get sick this flu season! See if you can get a flu shot that's affordable through your workplace. [MSN Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Real-Work-From-Home-Jobs-21415515">10 Awesome Jobs for People Who Want to Work From Home</a> &mdash; If you want to work from home, consider being a music teacher. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2013/01/10/11-things-that-will-be-cheaper-in-2013/#at_pco=cfd-1.0">11 Things That Will Be Cheaper in 2013</a> &mdash; Items like eBooks and smartphones will be cheaper this year! [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.treehugger.com/green-home/21-natural-home-remedies-pets.html">21 Natural Home Remedies for Pets</a> &mdash; Rub your pets' fur with some citrus juice to deter fleas naturally. [Treehugger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2013/01/real-estate-101-summary.html">Real Estate 101: Summary</a> &mdash; If you don't have the time to invest in real estate, you might want to consider other investment options. [Free Money Finance]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.mint.com/blog/saving/emergency-fund-101-how-to-start-saving-for-a-rainy-day-0113/">Emergency Fund 101: How to Start Saving for a Rainy Day</a> &mdash; Try to have at least three to six months of post-tax income saved up for your emergency fund. [MintLife Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/5-natural-disasters-covered-homeowners-policy.html">5 Natural Disasters Not Covered in Your Homeowners Policy</a> &mdash; Chances are, your homeowners policy does not protect you from flooding. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/popular-real-estate-tax-breaks-are-in-jeopardy/">Popular Real Estate Tax Breaks are in Jeopardy</a> &mdash; Did you know that there are deductions for local and state property taxes on the deduction chopping block? [Credit Sesame Daily]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/columns/fundwatch/archive/how-to-pick-the-best-index-funds.html?si=1">How to Pick the Best Index Funds</a> &mdash; One of the big benefits of index funds is that when you buy one, for the most part you know what you are getting. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/6-benefits-of-teaching-your-children-to-write-letters-1">6 Benefits of Teaching Your Children to Write Letters</a> &mdash; Teaching your children to write letters can help them cultivate stronger self-esteem. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-find-an-affordable-flu-shot">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-most-affordable-gym-memberships">5 Most Affordable Gym Memberships</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-high-cost-of-catching-a-cold-or-the-flu">The High Cost of Catching a Cold or the Flu</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-important-reasons-to-always-call-in-sick-when-youre-sick">8 Important Reasons to Always Call In Sick When You&#039;re Sick</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-best-makeup-kits-you-can-diy-for-50-or-less">The 6 Best Makeup Kits You Can DIY for $50 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/surviving-swine-flu">Surviving Swine Flu</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty affordable best money tips flu flu shot shot Mon, 14 Jan 2013 11:00:34 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 965680 at http://www.wisebread.com Surviving Swine Flu http://www.wisebread.com/surviving-swine-flu <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/surviving-swine-flu" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/flu.jpg" alt="Getting a shot" title="What a prick!" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="380" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You're probably going to get swine flu, and there's really&nbsp;no need to freak out.&nbsp;Most people are surviving it just fine. Sure, fear-mongering news reporters love nothing better than a global pandemic to boost their ratings with sensationalist coverage of school shut-downs and hospitalizations, but while swine flu is no picnic, it doesn't look like it's going to wipe out civilization as we know it.</p> <p>Let's go ahead and take a fatalistic approach to this virus. We're going to get it, and we're probably going to survive it; but those who are in high-risk catgories need to take special precautions. Wash your hands all you want; it's a virus, and it will travel.</p> <p>We need a level-headed approach to combating this illness, and with a vaccine still not available to the public, it's important to take stock of your health and protect yourself and your loved ones before the flu season really takes off.</p> <h2>Know if you are at risk</h2> <p>You expect the flu to pick off the old and infirm, but this flu is different. You might not be happy to hear that most of the 77 swine-flu related deaths recently studied by the CDC had underlying <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2009/09/lurking_bacteria_raise_risks_f.html">conditions like asthma or diabetes</a> that complicated their illness (10% of the U.S. population has <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/FASTATS/diabetes.htm">diabetes</a>; 16.4% has <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/FASTATS/asthma.htm">asthma</a>). If you are asthmatic, your condition can be aggravated by respiratory complications associated with the flu, so have your fast-acting bronchial dilator on hand and talk to your doctor about other precautions you might want to take. Diabetics are slower to heal and more prone to infections, so discuss a proactive approach with your doctor before you get sick.</p> <h2>Consider a pneumonia vaccination</h2> <p>The swine flu vaccine itself is days or possibly weeks away, and the biggest risk of the flu isn't really the flu virus itself, but rather the bacterial infections that strike once your immune system has been weakened by the flu. Data from the CDC suggests what most doctors probably could have guessed: up to 29% of people who have died while infected with the swine flu have also had <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33088461/ns/health-swine_flu/">accompanying infections like pneumonia</a>. I didn't even know that you could get a vaccine for pneumonia until recently, but apparently this <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2009/aug/04/science/sci-pneumonia4">underused&nbsp;treatment is fairly effective</a>. The vaccine only needs to be given twice in a lifetime, and although&nbsp;it only covers a couple dozen strains of pneumonia (there are more than <a href="http://www.medicinenet.com/pneumococcal_vaccination/article.htm">80 different types</a>), most infections are caused by the 23 strains of bacteria&nbsp;that are included in the vaccine. Pregnant/nursing women and children under the age of two <a href="http://www.ehealthmd.com/library/pneumonia/PNM_prevention.html">are not generally vaccinated.</a></p> <p>I've been calling around, and the price of a pneumonia vaccine seems to range between $30-55. That's not exactly cheap, but for an asthmatic like me, it's cheaper than a trip to the emergency room (again). Check your local pharmacy or clinic to see if they are offering pneumonia vaccines; many pharmacies are scheduling vaccination clinics that include the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-does-a-flu-shot-cost">flu shot</a> and pneumonia vaccinations at the same time. The vaccine isn't always covered by insurance.</p> <h2>Exercise and eat well</h2> <p>This is obviously something everyone should be doing already, but if today is the first day that you put down the bag of Doritos and take a slow walk around the block, so be it. You don't have to deprive yourself and go crazy with a weight-loss scheme; just add some fresh fruit and veggies (the&nbsp;darker, the better &mdash; think berries and kale) to your daily food intake and find ways to keep your blood pumping, even if it means long, leisurely walks around the block. Take deep breaths and try to slowly expand your lung capacity. Don't exhaust yourself, because that can just make you more prone to illness.</p> <h2>Get enough Vitamin D</h2> <p>Many people live with <a href="http://healthytheory.com/vitamin-d-is-the-new-vitamin-c">vitamin D deficiency</a>, and it can be difficult to tell that you have one without a blood test. Vitamin D <a href="http://health.usnews.com/articles/health/healthday/2009/02/23/too-little-vitamin-d-may-mean-more-colds-and-flu.html">may play an essential role </a>in keeping your immune system, particularly your respiratory system, healthy. There are few ways to get enough vitamin D, but you can take supplements, drink vitamin D-fortified milk (3 glasses a day), or make a point of spending at least 15 minutes a day outside during the sun's peak hours (11AM-1PM).</p> <h2>Get plenty of sleep</h2> <p>The flu hits those who are most vulnerable, and that includes not just the old and sick, but also the physically exhausted. Most people don't get nearly enough sleep on a daily basis, so if it means that you have to skip your favorite TV shows for a few weeks to get some more shut-eye, so be it. Remember, unless you are one of those rare genetic mutants who only needs 6 hours of sleep per night, you should be striving for somewhere around <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/2009-08-13-sleep-gene_N.htm">8.5 hours of quality sleep</a>.</p> <h2>If you get sick...</h2> <p>If you've managed to catch the swine flu, you can still take steps to avoid the worst aspects of the disease. The usual advice still applies: get plenty of rest, stay home if you can, remain hydrated, and allow people to tell you how good chicken soup is for you. For most people, this should be enough.</p> <p>For those with immuno-suppressive disorders or anyone considered &quot;high-risk,&quot; you might want to take an anti-viral medication within the first 24 hours of the onset of flu symptoms. Pneumonias develop when mucus and fluids in the lungs become infected with bacteria, which happens when the mucus is allowed to hang out and fester. To prevent pooling of mucus:</p> <ol> <li>Assuming you don't have any other conditions that would prevent this (like fresh stitches from an appendectomy), cough. Force yourself to cough; this moves the phlegm around in your chest and disrupts bacterial growth.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>When not sleeping, try to rest in an upright position.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Try to move around when you are sleeping. Don't just stay flat on your back for many hours at a time.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>If you develop a cough that isn't bringing up much phlegm, and you have your doctor's go-ahead, get your hands on a good <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mucolytic_agent">expectorant</a>&nbsp;that contains Guaifenesin, like Mucinex. Expectorants help to thin the mucus out, so that you can bring it up when you cough. Breaking up this nastiness and coughing it out is crucial to preventing infection.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>If you are asthmatic, be vigilant and keep in touch with your doctor as necessary. At the first instance of respiratory distress, get thee to a medical facility.</li> </ol> <p>**I am not a doctor, and nothing in this article should be construed as me giving medical advice. However, most of the tips given here do come from the Center for Disease Control or other reputable sources, so I promise that I am not just making stuff up. Please consult your physician before undertaking any new medical treatments.**</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/surviving-swine-flu">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/economic-effects-of-pandemic-flu-in-a-recession">Economic effects of pandemic flu in a recession</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-you-should-do-today-to-prepare-for-a-pandemic-flu">15 Things You Should Do Today to Prepare for a Pandemic Flu</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tips-for-preventing-swine-flu-naturally">Tips for Preventing Swine Flu Naturally</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel">15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-surprising-things-your-hsa-will-cover">11 Surprising Things Your HSA Will Cover</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty cold cough epidemic flu shot h1n1 infection medicine pandemic pneumonia swine flu tamiflu Wed, 30 Sep 2009 17:37:19 +0000 Andrea Karim 3655 at http://www.wisebread.com