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A4 Mercer Island Reporter Wednesday, December 15, 2004 How to avoid the-flu this holiday season N'o flu shot for you this year? Can you keep yourseff healthy? Yes! Even though flu viruses may be lurk- ing at the next holi- day party you attend, you can take simple steps to avoid the bug. V I C K ] Prevention can mean the difference between RACKNER, MD a joyous holiday sea- ON HEALTH son and a miserable week in bed coughing and sneezing. The holiday season is a so- cial time. Many of the things Miss Manners tells us to do to be part of civilized society, con- tribute to the spread of the flu: Shaking hands, talking in close groups of people, sharing food. I invite you to challenge the boundaries of conventional eti- quette to stay healthy. Re-think hand shak- ing. Have you ever won- dered what to do if some- one sneezes on his right hand, and then extends it in a hand shake? You could say, "Nice to meet you," without extending your hand or, "Nice to meet you. I'd shake your hand except I'm coming down with something, and I don't want to pass it along to you." Or you can shake hands and then go directly to the bath- room and wash. You may elect simply not to shake hands by saying, "It's flu season, let's just smile and nod and keep our own germs" Others may appreciate your thought- fulness. Passengers on board cruise ships infected with virus- es these past few seasons found themselves creating their own sort of handshake-- an elbow touch. At parties change a health report with the Think before you eat. Wash option to re-schedule if some- before you eat, especially finger At home food. Flu germs are spread by Have a family meeting and hand-to-mouth transmission. So ask, "What can we do to stay when someone with the flu healthy this season? How can Elsewhere sneezes, the germs land on the we remember to wash our Cough and sneeze into the doorknob, where they can live hands?" Write down all ideas crook of your elbow or upper for a few hours. You open the from all family members, in- sleeve. You don't generally touch door, transfer germs to your hand cluding the wee ones. Then de- things with that part of your body. and then grab a carrot at the snack velop a plan. Notice when your Be proactive about health at table, kids and partner do things to work. Approach your team leader Is that my wine? Identify your which you agreed. Remember, or human resources department glass A nice hostess gift is dec- kids get great delight in mastery, and say, "We're not vaccinated orative wine glass jewelry for They're wired to please you. this year. One sick employee the stems of her guest's glasses Develop a family non-touch could get many of us sick. How If you're using a paper cup, write greeting to replace kisses. Maybe about if we develop a policy that your name on it. Or keep your a Spock Vulcan hand gesture with goes in writing that states we'll glass in your hand at all limes. Set "May the force be with you." stay home if we're sick. That it down on a table, and you're You can have a family contest way we'll have a productive work inviting a mixup, and give a prize for the winner, force." Have soap (n0n-antibacteri- Use caution at the gym. Clip al) and disposable towels for dry- a little hand sanitizer bottle to ing in the kitchen and bathrooms your belt for use after touching and hand-sanitizers in your purse, weight equipment or any hard briefcase or backpack. Keep a surface. bottle in your car to use after Be proactive with your rela- punching numbers into the ATM tives. Write an e-mail that says, or handling money at the drive- "We look forward to our fami- through windows. Always squirt ly holiday gathering. Nellie is a little into everyone's hands af- going through chemotherapy and ter shopping and touching grocery we want to make sure she stays carts, healthy. Consider asking, "What If someone is sick at your do we do if someone gets sick? house, call your invited guests Will we stay home? Have a'spe- and let them know. You can say, cial place for sick kids?" "We'vebeen looking forward to Be sure all health care having you over. Just want to let providers wash before they ex- you know that Lee came home amine you. If you don't see them early with a fever. It doesn't look wash, ask politely if they will serious and I think the risk to your do so again in your presence. family is low. Just want to give Your goal is to keep you, your you the option ofrescheduling.", family and co-workers healthy When you're invited as a guest this holiday season. Protect your- you can say, "We didn't get flu self with good hand washing and vaccine this year, and I'm tak- common sense. Be considerate, ing health seriously. Would it so you don't pass your cold or work for you if I called the day flu germs if, despite all your pre- of the event and we could ex- vention techniques, one happens to make you sick. And remember, health is your one's sick?" home. Even though you are in the same room as germs, your immune system does a brilliant job of keeping you healthy. Vicki Rackner MD, president of Medical Bridges, is a board- certified surgeon who left the operating room to help employ- ees become active participants in their health care. She is a consultant, speaker and author of the Personal Health Journal and the upcoming book "Bouncing Back." She can be reached at DrRackner@ MedicalBridges.com or 425- 451-3777 Marvin Anthony For over 40 years the Clampitt family has been committed to giving fellow islanders the finest quality in dry cleaning, shirt laundry, alterations. 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They advised the res- a group of friends and strangers cuers to get down off the moun- worked together to save his life tain as night approached. while Piccola's wife, Margaret The Shaudies were two of the Dennis, started making calls for 25 people from King and Kitsap help. counties, honored at the ninth Friend and hiking companion annual Heroes Breakfast -- Sid Shaudies began rescue breath- "Everyday People, Everyday ing while another hiker, Shannon Heroes." Burcham assisted. Sigrun The American Red Cross is Shaudies kept Piccola warm. A the country's leading disaster re- group of Seattle University stu- lief organization, providing im- dents hiking nearby that includ- mediate emergency relief to those ed, Laurie Canaan, Nicholas in need and helping people pre- Lofing, Heather McEvoy, Mary vent, prepare for and respond to Emily Wells and Andrew Koehn, emergencies. stopped to help. Lofing helped For more information about perform CPR with Burcham. 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