I was just talking to my sister yesterday about how we can stay healthy this winter. I mentioned that I started keeping the hand sanitizer by the entrance to the house and in the car. She thought that was a good idea. I also have trained my daughter to head right to the sink after she sanitizes and walks in the house. That is key I think. We take basic vitamins and eat a healthy diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. My sister does the same. We exercise and keep our bodies lean and healthy.
She mentioned a great product that had worked for her daughter last winter to help reduce flu symptoms: Children’s Oscillococcinum. I told her that it was interesting because I have been familiar with Oscillococcinum for many years starting back when I was a student studying abroad in Italy in the 1980's. The family I was living with gave it to me when I came down with the flu. It really helped me and I have used it a number of times of the years. It used to be difficult to find but now Boiron has a really solid presence in the US. It is great to have a children's version of Oscillococcinum to rely on for my daughter too. I feel comfortable using it since it has a long history and has been around for many years. It is a safe blend of natural ingredients to help the body heal itself. They have a new coupon good for any of their ColdCalm, Oscillococcinum or Chestal children's products too. http://children.boironusa.com/
We also get good sleep. My daughter gets to bed at a reasonable time and gets enough sleep for her body to recover which is also important. I think all these things are important and if you do get sick try natural and safe remedies first. Don't forget the chicken soup too...