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Apparently you can get really, really sick if you don’t keep your portable humidifier clean. 

Here are Mayo Clinic’s Tips for portable humidifiers:

  • Use distilled or demineralized water. Tap water contains minerals that can create deposits inside your humidifier that promote bacterial growth. And, when released into the air, these minerals often appear as white dust on your furniture. You may also breathe in some minerals that are dispersed into the air. In addition, use demineralization cartridges or filters if recommended by the manufacturer.

 

  • Change humidifier water often. Don’t allow film or deposits to develop inside your humidifiers. Empty the tanks, dry the inside surfaces and refill with clean water every day if possible.

 

  • Clean humidifiers every three days. Unplug the humidifier before you clean it. Remove any mineral deposits or film from the tank or other parts of the humidifier with a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution, which is available at pharmacies. Some manufacturers recommend using chlorine bleach or other disinfectants.

 

  • Always rinse the tank after cleaning to keep harmful chemicals from becoming airborne — and then inhaled.

 

  • Change humidifier filters regularly. If the humidifier has a filter, change it at least as often as the manufacturer recommends — and more often if it’s dirty.

 

  • Keep the area around humidifiers dry. If the area around a humidifier becomes damp or wet — including windows, carpeting, drapes or tablecloths — turn the humidifier down or reduce how frequently you use it.

 

  • Prep humidifiers for storage. Drain and clean humidifiers before storing them. And then clean them again when you take them out of storage for use. Throw away all used cartridges, cassettes or filters.

 

  • Follow instructions for central humidifiers. If you have a humidifier built into your central heating and cooling system, read the instruction manual or ask your heating and cooling specialist about proper maintenance.

 

  • Consider replacing your humidifier each season. Over time, your humidifier can build up deposits that are difficult or impossible to remove and encourage growth of bacteria. Even if you plan to toss out your humidifier at the end of the season, it still needs frequent cleaning in the meantime.

 To keep humidifiers free of harmful mold, fungi and bacteria, follow the guidelines recommended by the manufacturer.

Buy one from Allegro Medical that needs very little maintenance, like the 3.5 Gallon Care Free Humidifier Plus with 100% protection against bateria, molds and spores. 

For more info, see  Humidifier Types & Tips.

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A flu vaccination is still the best way to guard against the flu but some people should get it and some shouldn’t. If your defenses are low, the CDC highly recommends you get the shot.

Who Should Get Vaccinated

  • Children between 6 months and 5 years old
  • Women who will be pregnant during flu season
  • People over 50
  • Anyone with a chronic condition such as diabetes, asthma, heart problems or blood disorders
  • Anyone with a weakened immune system from HIV/AIDS, long-term steroid treatment, or cancer treatment with X-rays or drugs
  • Residents of long-term care facilities such as nursing homes
  • Those who work in health care, take care of elderly people or care for children up to 5 years old should also get the shot. If you have a medical condition that could cause higher risks from the flu, then you should get one too.

    Everyone else needs to just assess their situation and decide. If you work in the community, live in a dorm, travel to the Southern Hemisphere between April & September or anytime to the tropics or anywhere with tour groups, then you might consider it. Anyone who wants to reduce the chances of catching or spreading the flu – go ahead and get one unless you fall into the “don’t get a shot group”.

    Don’t Get Vaccinated If:

  • You have any life threatening allergies
  • You have a severe egg allergy (the vaccine is grown in eggs)
  • You have ever had Guillain-Barre Syndrome (actually, you may be able to get one but ask your doctor first)
  • You are ill at the time the vaccine is administered
  • Even if you get the shot, it is not 100% effective, nor does it work against all flu strains. The vaccine researchers just don’t know what kind of bug will show up every year despite their best forecasts. Only about 1/3 of the population even get the shot.

    Whether you get vaccinated or not, everyone should try to avoid spreading germs. Here are 10 Easy Ways to Prevent Colds & Flu and some Cold & Flu Essentials to give you a fighting chance.

    Take care.

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    These really are easy things to do, but you’d be surprised at how many people don’t. If you’re one of them, don’t come crying to me when you get the sniffles.

    I know germs are hard to avoid even in the best circumstances, especially if you . . . um . . . live on earth . . . with people. But hey, we can all give it our best effort. Sure we can. Spread the love and teach your darling little germ lockers to keep their germs from roaming too.

    1. Wash your hands well and often – not OCD often, but you know what I mean. Enough to get rid of the germs. And try to avoid touching things in public places, like door handles. I am getting really good at not holding onto the banisters in public stairways and escalators. Not that you should try that. I’m just sayin’…

    2. Don’t touch people who are sick. That means you can’t kiss them either. No butterfly kisses or Eskimo kisses either. Air kisses are fine, just don’t get too close and maybe hold your breath. Colds and viruses are passed most commonly through the hands, and through rubbing the eyes, nose and mouth. If you’ve been around people, especially sick ones, try not to touch yourself unless your hands are clean.

    3. Clean your house. I know, it’s gross, but just do it. Or get someone else to do it. Be sure to tell them to clean surfaces like doorknobs, handles and stairway handrails. And tell them to not sneeze all over the place.

    4. Stop eating crap. Eat your greens. Drink lots of water. A well balanced diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables will boost your immune system and water helps you function better.

    5. Exercise every… single (yes, that’s what I said)… day. You don’t have to go all crazy like you’re training for a marathon but just do something every day. Make it fun! Wooppee! Seriously, moderate daily exercise is a huge part of overall health, and will help your immune system fight illness.

    6. Take vitamin supplements. Every morning I take a multivitamin with antioxidants, calcium, fiber tablets, Holy Basil (reduces stress & cortisol) and Glucosamine w/Chondroitin. I’m not sure how they work, but I’m convinced they keep my immune system strong. They say that taking Zinc and Vitamin C helps too.

    7. Consider getting a flu shot. I got one once but only because I was standing where they were giving them for free. Regardless, it’s still our best weapon against the flu. Who needs a flu shot and who doesn’t?

    8. Always get at least 8 hours of sleep. Whatever you’re doing instead of sleeping isn’t more important, I guarantee it. On the other hand, if you’re sleeping, like, 10 hours every night then you need to get a life. Staying rested and relaxed will lower your risk of getting sick. If you feel a cold coming on, stay home. If you have to go out, do us all a favor and cover your mouth when you sneeze and don’t touch anyone or anything… and don’t breathe either. On second thought, don’t go out.

    9. Reduce your stress and I promise your immune system will improve. Here are 15 Stress Tips that Could Save your Life.

    10. Even if you don’t get sick, chances are someone you live with will. Avoid the midnight run and stock up on a few Cold & Flu Essentials

    We care about you. Thanks for your business. Now, go do some jumping jacks, drink a glass of water, eat a piece of fruit and wash your hands. Go on, git.

    Stock up on everything you need to go to battle with colds and flu this season.

    Allegro has every type of vitamin C you can imagine, including 250, 500 and 1000 milligram tablets, capsules, chewable tablets, liquid and drink mix for fast absorption. Check out the super popular Emer’gen-C Packets.

    And, get your zinc here! Zinc is found to assist the immune system in fighting off illness. Echinacea is an herbal supplement that can stimulate immune system responses. It is also thought that the combination of echinacea and goldenseal can help relieve the symptoms and reduce the duration of the flu and the common cold. A good multi-vitamin can give your body’s defenses the kick they need to ward off colds.

    Keep the air in your home clean and pure with an air purifier. Choose from several manufacturers offering filter based and ionic purifying, for many room sizes. Cleans smoke, pet dander, dust and even bacteria from the air.

    When the weather turns cold and we turn on the heat in our homes, the dry air can affect our health. To prevent dry skin, cracked lips, itchy eyes, sore throat and even sinus headaches, a humidifier adds much needed moisture to the air. You can also go for a humidifier and ionic purifier all in one!

    And, keep hand sanitizers handy, to kill the germs and bacteria that spread cold and flu. Supersize your efforts with Viraguard hand wipes and disinfectants.

    If the flu does catch you, sooth your aches and pains with moist heat. Allegro has every type of heat wrap you can imagine. Moist heat packs have been the chosen treatment for thousands of doctors for years! It penetrates deep into tissues to relieve soreness, and make aching muscles feel better. Comes in several shapes and sizes for different parts of the body.

    And, for the latest in pain relief, Light Relief Infrared Therapy offers another drug-free alternative. Infrared light therapy works by emitting energy in the infrared spectrum to provide temporary relief of minor muscle and joint pain, to relieve stiffness, relax muscle tissue and temporarily increase local blood circulation.

    Keep an eye on illness with a new thermometer. Choose from ear, underarm, oral, rectal and disposable thermometers with digital or standard display. Take your baby’s temperature the easy way, with a pacifier thermometer. It only takes a minute and a half, and even beeps when the fever is high.

    For flu symptoms and painful congestion, pain relievers like acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin can help.

    Stuck in bed? Make yourself comfortable! A new specialty pillow may be just what you need. Allegro has contour pillows, the latest in head and neck positioners, and cervical pillows. And, to chill out a fever and bring relief to your achy head, try the Chillow Pillow. Activate it once and it brings a fluid-cool sensation every time you lay on it. You will not know how you got along without your Chillow Pillow. I have one and I love it.

    Avoid midnight trips to the store this cold and flu season. Stock up on everything you need to make your family healthy and happy in Allegro’s Cold & Flu Season Category.

    Get a laugh and some good advice with these 10 Easy Ways to Prevent Colds & Flu.

    And last but not least, Do You Need a Flu Shot?

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    Cold and Flu Season

    It’s coming, and we all need to be prepared with the proper medical supplies and medical equipment. Seasonal colds and flu can start as early as October and last all the way to spring. There are a few things you can do to stay healthy, and to keep your home flu-free:

    1. Wash your hands. We pick up germs through everything we touch, so wash them well and often, and try to avoid touching things in public places as much as possible.
    2. Colds and viruses are passed most commonly through the hands, and through rubbing the eyes, nose and mouth. Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth unless your hands are clean. Avoid physical contact (including handshakes) with people who are sick.
    3. Keep your home clean. Be sure to clean surfaces like doorknobs, handles and stairway handrails.
    4. Eat well. Having a well balanced diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables will boost your immune system.
    5. Exercise is a huge part of overall health, and will help your immune system fight illness.
    6. Take supplements. Vitamin C and Zinc are known to fight cold and flu.
    7. Consider getting a flu shot. The shot is our best weapon against the flu, so talk to your doctor about it for this season.
    8. Lower the stress, increase the sleep. Staying rested and relaxed are going to lower cold and flu’s chances of getting you this season.
    Also, you can help prevent the spread of illnesses by staying home if you are sick. If you have to go out, try to keep from spreading germs in public places by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze. Talk to your doctor if you have questions about this or any other information regarding your health.


    Tip: Gargling can moisten a sore throat and relieve the pain temporarily. Gargle a teaspoon of salt dissolved in ½ cup of warm water several times a day. Warm liquids like herbal tea and hot water with lemon and honey feel good on the throat and can loosen up congestion.


    Stock up on everything you need to go to battle with colds and flu this season. Allegro has every type of vitamin C you can imagine, including 250, 500 and 1000 milligram tablets, capsules, chewable tablets, liquid and drink mix for fast absorption. And, get your zinc here! Zinc is found to assist the immune system in fighting off illness. And for cardiovascular health, make garlic supplements a part of your diet. Echinacea is an herbal supplement that can stimulate immune system responses. It is also thought that the combination of echinacea and goldenseal can help relieve the symptoms and reduce the duration of the flu and the common cold. A good multi-vitamin can give your body’s defenses the kick they need to ward off colds. Stock up on herbs and vitamins this cold and flu season for less at Allegro.


    Keep the air in your home clean and pure with an air purifier. Choose from several manufacturers offering filter based and ionic purifying, for many room sizes. Cleans smoke, pet dander, dust and even bacteria from the air.


    When the weather turns cold and we turn on the heat in our homes, the dry air can affect our health. To prevent dry skin, cracked lips, itchy eyes, sore throat and even sinus headaches, a humidifier adds much needed moisture to the air. You can also go for a humidifier and ionic purifier all in one!


    And, keep hand sanitizers handy, to kill the germs and bacteria that spread cold and flu.


    If the flu does catch you, sooth your aches and pains with a heat wrap. Allegro has every type of heat wrap you can imagine. Try a wrap filled with wheat that is heated in the microwave for natural, powerful pain management. The wheat filling conforms to your body shape. Comes in wraps for your back, neck, eyes and even your feet! Or, moist heat packs have been the chosen treatment for thousands of doctors for years! Moist heat penetrates deep into tissues to relieve soreness, and make aching muscles feel better. Comes in several shapes and sizes for different parts of the body.


    And, for the latest in pain relief, Light Relief Infrared Therapy offers another drug-free alternative. Infrared light therapy works by emitting energy in the infrared spectrum to provide temporary relief of minor muscle and joint pain, to relieve stiffness, relax muscle tissue and temporarily increase local blood circulation.


    Keep an eye on illness with a new thermometer. Choose from ear, underarm, oral, rectal and disposable thermometers with digital or standard display. Take your baby’s temperature the easy way, with a pacifier thermometer. It only takes a minute and a half, and even beeps when the fever is high.


    For flu symptoms and painful congestion, pain relievers like acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin can help.


    Stuck in bed? Make yourself comfortable! A heating pad will help ease achy muscles. Or, a new specialty pillow may be just what you need. Allegro has contour pillows, the latest in head and neck positioners, and cervical pillows. And, to chill out a fever and bring relief to your achy head, try the Chillow Pillow. Activate it once and it brings a fluid-cool sensation every time you lay on it. You will not know how you got along without your Chillow Pillow.


    Avoid midnight trips to the store this cold and flu season. Stock up on everything you need to make your family healthy and happy, right here at Allegro.

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