Get Organized – Prepare to Fight the Flu

November 5, 2009

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but flu season is upon us.

Seems like every time I turn on the news, they’re talking about flu shots and H1N1 vaccines.  If you’re not on the priority list (or your doctor has run out of them), take the hour you would’ve spent in the waiting room and spend it preparing for flu season with a little organization.

Today (15-25 minutes): Check your stock of cold & flu supplies. Throw away any medications that have expired and see what’s left. Make a list of the items you need to restock in order to prepare for a possible bout of the flu – cold medicines, Tylenol, Vitamin C, throat lozenges, tissues (you get the gist). Your list need not be medicine-cabinet specific – feel free to add pantry staples like canned chicken soup and your favorite tea.

ASAP (15-20 minutes): Head to the nearest pharmacy and replenish your flu-fighting supplies. It’s important to do this as soon as possible, while you’re still healthy.  Stick the list in your bag or jacket pocket so you can take care of it the next time you pass a Duane Reade. Because if you wake up one day this winter with aches and fever and a sore throat, you won’t want to get out of bed, let alone go to the drugstore.

While you’re there, pick up an extra bottle of hand-sanitizer. With any luck, you won’t need any of those items on your list!

Stay organized – and stay healthy!

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