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Tips and Tricks: Flu Season

It’s that time of year again! The emails go out to teachers and parents telling them that students are starting to get the flu. Here at Complete Care Systems we thought we would share some tips and tricks on how to avoid the flu this year.

1. Get a flu shot. This is hands down the best thing to do for yourself during flu season. No doctor will tell you not to get the flu shot.

2. Wash your hands constantly. Our general rule is to wash your hands as much as you can stand and then some more. Scrubbing for 20 seconds or more will help fight against sickness. My daughter has her preschool class sing their ABCs as a time keeper. I may have caught her doing it a couple of times at home as well.

3. If you cannot get to soap and water during certain times of the day consider carrying alcohol based hand sanitizer. Wal Greens usually has good deals on it around this time of year. Remember, there is no substitute for hand washing, but use this in times of need.

4. Stay away from sick people. I know, easier said than done, especially for teachers. If at all possible keep your distance from those who are sick.

5. Keep a clean environment. Disinfect hard surfaces at least twice a day as well as doorknobs and light switches. We use bleach and water or Clorox wipes. Both seem to work great.

6. Finally, try to keep a healthy lifestyle. Eating “clean” and being active on a day to day basis will help in the fight against sickness throughout the year.

Being sick, especially when we have families, is rough. Knowing how to help prevent disease within your family is a good step towards keeping your home happy and healthy.



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Ultimate Fighter: Sickness

Nobody wants to be sick and we especially do not want our children to be sick. But what can a family do to keep sickness away? Complete Care Systems has come up with our top three favorite ways to keep healthy and stay away from sickness.


Drink enough water. Our mucus membrane and the immune cells in our bodies cannot work if we are dehydrated. That’s why doctors constantly tell us to hydrate! The general rule is to divide your weight by three. That’s how many ounces you need daily. In addition to that if you drink anything with caffeine you need to drink a glass of water to match it.


Exercise. People who exercise five or more times a week spend 43% fewer days with upper-respiratory infections. You should aim for 30 to 60 minutes of exercise daily to boost blood flow and keep your healthy.


Meditate. According to a 2012 University of Wisconsin study, your mind can cut your chances of catching a cold by 40% to 50%. Meditation reduces physical effects of stress that weaken the immune system. That is why people who mediate are generally healthier and stay away from sickness.


We all want our families to be happy and healthy on a regular basis. Consider making simple changes to your daily routine to keep yourself, and your family, away from sickness.