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Vicks Flu Forecast #ReliefIsHere

Winter seems to be the worst time of the year for colds and flu. Being sick stinks though no matter what time of the year it is. Check out the CDC’s Weekly US Map of the flu outbreak to see what is happening near you, the flu is widespread in much of the country right now. The worst part of it for me is usually at night because all of those symptoms just make it hard to sleep. This time of year I make sure when I go to Walmart that I stock up on supplies just in case someone in the house gets sick. On the top of the list is Vicks DayQuil and Nyquil Severe Cold and Flu because it really works! Before you next trip to the store check your medicine cabinet and supplies around the house to make sure you have these things on hand just in case you, or someone in your family, gets a cold of the flu.

Cold and Flu Relief Checklist

  • Vicks DayQuil and NyQuil Severe Cold and Flu
    It is available in liquid and pill form even – I prefer the liquid
  • Tissues
    I like the kind that are extra soft, Hubby prefers the extra strong type. Make sure you have at least one box of the favorite kind for everyone in your home. This may sound odd, but honestly when we are sick we just want what makes us feel better.
  • Saline Spray
    You can find this by the Vicks usually. It is salt water in a bottle that makes a very fine mist to spray into your nose. It helps relieve congestion and break up mucus.
  • Robe, Blanket, or Jammies
    I always know when Hubby is really sick because he puts on extra warm clothes. My dad always puts on this one robe when he is sick. Have something warm and comfy whether it be a robe, soft blanket, or special jammies for when you are feeling bad.
  • Chicken Soup and Jell-O
    Chicken soup really can help us feel better because it has a mild anti-inflammatory effect that helps with upper respiratory issues. The protein from the chicken is also helpful in keeping our strength up, and of course the broth helps us stay hydrated. Jell-O is Hubby’s choice when he feels bad. I keep several boxes of different flavors here to mix up when he needs it. Remember to stay hydrated when you are ill.
  • Vaporizer or Humidifier
    There is much debate on which is better, so pick what you prefer. The one thing they both do is add moisture to the air which can help us feel better.
  • Thermometer
    Yes, make sure you have a good working thermometer that you can actually read. I like the digital ones and they have little plastic slip covers for them for each use.
  • Coloring Book and Crayons
    Okay, I may be dating myself here, but when I was a kid and was sick I always got a new coloring book and crayons to keep me busy, but still resting and quiet. As an adult I honestly do still feel a bit better when I color when sick. It can’t hurt, right?

Vicks DayQuil and Vicks NyQuil available at Walmart #ReliefIsHere

If you do get sick and have to take any medications be sure to READ THE LABEL! I cannot stress how important this is. With DayQuil and NyQuil Severe they both contain pain relievers so you do not want to take extra pain relief on top of that. Unfortunately, many people take too many different medications at once and you can overdose on these things. If you are unsure you can always ask at the pharmacy counter at Walmart for help on which products you can take together and which you cannot. Also be sure to read the dosing amounts and timing. Make a note whenever you take a dose of anything, either with an app on your phone or piece of paper. When we are sick we can be pretty forgetful and it is easy to accidentally take medication again too soon.

You can get more tips and ideas on the NyQuil/DayQuil Facebook page, follow the hashtag #ReliefIsHere, and even follow @Walmart on Twitter.

What types of items do you keep on hand in your home in case of a cold or flu?

Robyn