Cell phones have nearly three times more bacteria per square inch than public door knobs and your pet’s water bowl. According to a study published in the Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials, our cell phones and devices are a breeding ground for staph and strep along with other bacteria. No matter how often we wash your hands, if we aren’t properly cleaning devices at least once a week, we are exposing ourselves to many germs and bacteria that are busy growing on screens, cases and devices every day.
Source: American Lung Association; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The holidays are a time for giving. But there's at least one gift you don't want to get: the flu. That miserable virus that causes fever, chills and body aches. The one that can put us in bed for a week or more.
According to the CDC, the flu costs the United States more than $87 billion annually and is responsible for the loss of close to 17 million workdays each flu season.
You can avoid getting the flu on the holidays—and for the months that follow—by getting a flu shot. Not only will the yearly vaccine help you avoid getting this unwanted gift, it also will help prevent you giving it to somebody else.
When you get your flu shot, ask if you need a pneumonia shot, too. Your doctor can tell you if this vaccine is right for you.
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