It's that time again for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere - cold and flu season, to say nothing about H1N1.
What are you doing as individuals and businesses to keep yourselves healthy?
Is anyone planning for contingencies if multiple employees get ill at once?
As for me, I got the standard Flu shot, drink a lot of water, take Vitamin C (those chewable tablets are yummy but too much Vitamin C can cause kidney stones so be careful) and drink herbal teas with honey before I get sick or when I am about to get sick (I have an unusual ability to know a few days in advance before I get a serious cold). Also try to get some exercise even if it is chilly out - fresh air is good for you.
Lots of hand washing, that's about all. Get enough sleep so you don't run down. Eat more fruit, any way you can get it, excess vitamins in pills don't do you any good, anything close to a balanced diet already gives you what you need, the body just flushes out what extra it can't absorb, the proof is in your wallet and the bathroom when you go. I take pains not to touch my eyes or mouth with my hands until I wash them, most especially whenever doing anything related to public spaces with high contact probability like the grocery store or kid's school event stuff.
But honestly, I have always had an immune system like something out of the Borg from Star Trek: colds or flu that seriously down family or friends for weeks, barely register on me in the first place, and I'm over them in 24 hours, generally. My family hates that: they all infect each other over a week's time, and there I sit, unfazed, or if I get it, it's a mild sniffle for a day, (once just a half-day, that REALLY pissed off the wife after hers took a week) and done. So I'm probably zombie-proof, I reckon. The worst flu I had lasted 72 hours and I treated that with a hot bowl of cream of mushroom soup and a nap... I think the massive amount of sodium in it disrupts the cell walls of the virus or something... I actually thrive in cold weather, like a big bear. My protective blubber layer shrugs off the chill. I wear short sleeves and eat ice cream outside in January. Its nice, because you can take your time with it then. Namby-pambys at the office complain about weather in the 30's, pha. "I'm from Chicago, and this is tanning weather, back home." Its excess humidity that's my Kryptonite, neither hot nor cold affect me otherwise.
My family just got over N1H1. Was no fun. I skipped it but this old cowboy just doesn't have time to get sick. I wash my hands a lot, take no vitamins and eat horribly. ;)
One thing you can do is skip the shots. I see many go wait in line to be injected with the flu then act surprised when they feel bad.
I have no use for doctors.
I get the powerful sneezes & sniffles once in a while... most of the time it doesn't amount to anything serious, but it clouds my mind and pretty much kills my day.
That's why I've started carrying 2 kinds of Vitamin C's in my messenger bag - one's a lozenge-like candy and another dissolves in water [makes for yummy orange-flavored drink]. When I feel tingly, I go for them. Usually helps.
It's been pretty wet and rainy over here, so I also see it as my personal/professional responsibility to not get caught in the rain. Always pack an umbrella, that's what I do.