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Colds & Flu Information




The Center for Disease Control has the best and most up to date information about swine flu. Here is what the CDC says:

"Swine influenza viruses are not spread by food. You cannot get swine influenza from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork products is safe."

"Spread of this swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is thought to be happening in the same way that seasonal flu spreads. Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose."

So remember to wash your hands for 15 to 20 seconds with soap, then rinse with warm water and dry with a clean, disposable towel after touching surfaces touched by people with the flu. Don't touch your mouth, nose or eyes with your hands after touching surfaces touched by people with the flu as that is how the virus spreads from person to person. When you don't have access to soap and water, alcohol based hand wipes or sanitizers work to kill bacteria and viruses which can "live for up to 2 hours on surfaces". If you have flu symptoms like fever, cough or muscle aches, the CDC says you should stay home from work or school and contact your doctor because you can infect others from "1 to 7 days or more days after you get sick". A good reminder for everyone.

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For more information about what to eat when you have the flu.

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Comfort Foods to Eat For Colds or Flu


  1. What foods can I eat when I have a cold? Answer
  2. What foods can I eat when I have the flu? Answer


What foods can I eat when I have a cold?

COLDS, UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS:
  • Drink plenty of hot liquids. Water, tea, fruit juice, fruit drinks, warm gelatin or broth based soups. Hot liquids help thin mucous secretions and drain mucous secretions faster. Cold liquids like iced carbonated beverages slow the draining of mucous secretions. Chicken noodle soup has been shown to be better at thinning and draining mucous secretions. Remember to hold your head over hot, steaming liquids while you drink.
  • Fruit juice or drinks can be thinned with more water to increase tolerance.
  • Flavored gelatin can be prepared with water or fruit juice and drank as a liquid rather than waiting for the gelatin to set.
  • Drink dairy products like cream based soups, ice cream, pudding or milk as they don't increase phlegm or upper respiratory tract symptoms.
  • Any other foods are allowed as long as you tolerate them. Tolerate means a food does not cause vomiting, diarrhea or allergic reaction.
  • Your sense of taste may be off since your nasal passages are plugged. Don't be surprised if some or your favorite foods don't taste the same.
  • Remember to get plenty of rest. If you are having problems getting to sleep, switch to decaffeinated tea, herbal tea or decaffeinated carbonated beverages.
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap to prevent the spread of the cold virus or upper respiratory infections. Use the paper towels you dry your hands with to turn off the water faucet and open the door to bathrooms. Research has shown that aerosol (sneezing), direct hand-to-hand contact, door handles, pens, light switches, TV remote controls, faucets, telephones and toys are mostly responsible for increasing exposure to the cold rhinovirus for up to 18 hours at room temperature after a person with a cold has touched them. Touching your eyes or nose after touching an infected surface will increase the likelihood of your getting a cold. Use of alcohol hand sanitizers is effective at reducing exposure to the cold virus during the cold season. Keep your distance from people with a cold.
  • Wash all eating or drinking utensils in hot soapy water or in a dishwasher after each use. Use glasses and silverware once then wash to limit the spread of the virus. Remember to wash the bathroom drinking cup too. If you are too sick to wash dishes, use disposable dishes, cups and silverware.
  • If you have a cold, stay home rather than spreading the cold virus at work or school.
  • Call your doctor for their recommendations to treat cold symptoms.
  • If your cold is accompanied by a fever, contact your doctor.
  • Sneeze into your sleeve rather than a disposable tissue or handkerchief to limit the spread of the cold virus.
  • If your cold has lasted more than 7 days or your mucous secretions are any color other than clear or white, contact your doctor.
  • As your cold symptoms lessen, gradually increase your food intake back to normal for you. Your appetite for food should increase as you get better.
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What foods can I eat when I have the flu?

FLU, FEVER, VOMITING, DIARRHEA:
  • If your symptoms include fever and / or vomiting, contact your doctor. The strains of flu this season can be life threatening.
  • If you are vomiting, don't eat or drink for up to 1 hour after the latest instance. Then try 2 ounces of water or flat lemon-lime carbonated beverages. If that stays down, then repeat one of these beverages every 15 - 30 minutes.
  • When vomiting has stopped for a few hours, start drinking more liquids to replace the loss of body fluids. Water, tea, fruit juice, fruit drinks, carbonated beverages, broth based soups or prepared gelatin. Green gelatin is not a favorite though among people with vomiting.
  • Gradually add other foods as tolerated. Buttered or plain white toast without liquids at the same meal or any food that does not cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or allergic reaction is allowed.
  • If you have a fever and no vomiting, drink plenty of cold or iced liquids as above.
  • If you have fever above 101 degrees Fahrenheit and / or diarrhea, contact your doctor.
  • To help control diarrhea symptoms, try banana, apple juice, applesauce, tea, rice or rice cereal without milk. These foods should help reduce your symptoms because banana and apple have pectin, a soluble fiber that helps gel watery stool.
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap to prevent the spread of the flu virus. Use the paper towels you dry your hands with to turn off the water faucet and open the door to bathrooms. The flu virus is spread by aerosol droplets deposited on the mucous surfaces of eyes, mouth and upper respiratory tract so keep a distance from people who sneeze. Good hand washing technique is important to reducing exposure to the flu. Use of alcohol hand sanitizers is effective at reducing exposure to the flu virus during flu season.
  • Wash all eating or drinking utensils in hot soapy water or in a dishwasher after each use. Use glasses and silverware once then wash to limit the spread of the virus. Remember to wash the bathroom drinking cup too. If you are too sick to wash dishes, use disposable dishes, cups and silverware.
  • If you have the flu, stay home rather than spreading the flu virus at work or school. Definitely stay home if you are vomiting, have a fever or diarrhea.
  • Remember to get plenty of rest. If you are having problems getting to sleep, switch to decaffeinated tea, herbal tea or decaffeinated carbonated beverages.
  • As your flu symptoms subside, gradually increase your food intake back to normal for you. Your appetite for food should increase as you get better.






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