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  • The Flu Is Only A Touch Away

    Help Prevent The Spread Of The Flu With Hand Sanitizer

    With this hand sanitizer, you can kill 99.9% of germs that cause illness and infections present across the United States. Help Prevent The Flu with Aloe Vera Hand Sanitizer Gel!

    Safetec Hand Cleansing Instant Hand Sanitizer is formulated with an enriched moisturizing agent to condition and preserve skin’s health while preventing the spread of germ causing illnesses and infections. Containing 66.5% ethyl alcohol, the formula kills 99.9% of widespread germs and is scented with a pleasant fresh fragrance.

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  • 50 Free Unique Emergency Poncho Uses and Tips

    What do April Showers Bring?
    Soaked People & Sopping Stuff!

    Get a Hooded Emergency Poncho for 99¢ or less and get our FREE 'Interesting & Alternative Uses for an Emergency Poncho' Infographic E-Book!

    Don't be all wet! April showers bring May flowers but also soaking wet situations. Rain ponchos not only keep you dry and prevent sickness during rainfall and stormy weather, but they are also useful in many other severe situations. Our all-in-one, really inexpensive hooded rain ponchos are especially useful for survival and comfort during survival emergencies. For as little as 74¢ these rain ponchos can be your salvation if you find yourself in hot water (or in this case perhaps cold).

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    Allergy, Sinus, Cold, and Cough Remedies

    Cold and Cough Medications + Sinus and Allergy Relief in single dose packets, bulk & Wholesale Direct! Cough & Cold Remedies - Our cough and cold tablets are fast acting Sinus and Nasal Decongestant Tablets, Cold Plus no PSE & Tablets comparable to Tylenol Cold and Cough available in capsules and convenient single dose tablet packets. Looking for Benadryl?

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    Heading out? You need more than just a Poncho...

    Outdoor & Camping First Aid

    These discount Camping first aid kits have been developed specifically for use in the outdoors. With supplies including sting reliever, sun block, and moleskin, you'll be prepared to deal with first aid emergencies when you are far from home. Be prepared with the appropriate Outdoor, Camping, Hiking, and Wilderness Preparedness Gear & Supplies.

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    Sports First Aid Kits

    Whether you are the dedicated coach, the starting athlete, or a fan on the sidelines, you know that being involved with sports can mean being involved with injury. Our line of sports first aid and sports medicine products includes emphasis on the things you need to put injury behind you and get back in the game.

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  • Achoo

    Achoo, Achoo, the cold’s got you… Oh no, Oh no, could it be Flu?
    When you feel the tug of seasonal bug… You need to know what to do.

    Here we are folks! Back at Cough, Cold, Allergy, and Flu Season. We’ve added 50 new products at your request to help you get your work, home, or school ready for seasonal ailments.
    Stock up early as we sell out of these single dose packets and popular remedies every year. Please call or email us with any questions, or just follow the links below to explore the best values in a broad selection of medicines, treatments, and prevention solutions.

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  • This is Cute - Prepared Penguins: Tips for a Safe and Healthy Winter

    penguin-dancingA little levity goes a long way. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has caught on with their Winter Cold Safety Campaign "Prepared Penguins: Tips for a Safe and Healthy Winter"

    As the temperatures get colder, make sure you know how to stay warm. Don’t get caught winging it! The CDC has cute penguins with winter preparedness tips to help you be safe and healthy this winter.

    Stay Chill around Ice

    Walking on ice is dangerous and can cause serious falls on driveways, steps, and porches. Use rock salt or sand to melt the ice on driveways and sidewalks.If walking on ice can’t be avoided, walk like a penguin! Bend your back slightly and point your feet out – this increases your center of gravity. Stay flat-footed and take small steps or even shuffle for more stability. Keep your arms out to your sides to help balance.

    Learn what else the Penguins have to say at the CDC
    Also read: HypothermiaTake these precautions outdoorsWorking in the Cold…Warm those TootsiesFrostbite: General Information, and Treating Frostbite

    Prep with the Penguins and be Winter Ready! Prep with the Penguins and be Winter Ready!
  • Winter Colds & Flu

    Get Set for a Healthy Winter Season

    Although contagious viruses are active year-round, we’re most vulnerable to them in fall and winter. That’s because, in large part, we spend more time indoors with other people when the weather gets cold.

    Fortunately, you can fight back with several FDA-approved medicines and vaccines.

    Colds and Flu

    Most respiratory bugs come and go within a few days, with no lasting effects. But some cause serious health problems. People who use tobacco or who are exposed to secondhand smoke are more prone to respiratory illnesses and more severe complications than nonsmokers.

    Winter BugsColds usually cause a stuffy or runny nose and sneezing. Other symptoms include coughing, a scratchy throat, and watery eyes. There is no vaccine against colds, which come on gradually and often spread through contact with infected mucus.

    Flu comes on suddenly and lasts longer than colds. Flu symptoms include fever, headache, chills, dry cough, body aches, fatigue, and general misery. Like colds, flu can cause a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, and watery eyes. Young children may also experience nausea and vomiting with flu. Flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. You also can get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it.

    Flu season in the United States may begin as early as October and can last as late as May, and generally peaks between December and February. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

    • More than 200,000 people in the United States are hospitalized from flu-related complications each year, including 20,000 children younger than age 5.
    • Between 1976 and 2006, the estimated number of flu-related deaths every year ranged from about 3,000 to about 49,000.
    • In the 2014-15 season, there were about 40 million flu-associated illnesses, 19 million flu-associated medical visits, and 970,000 flu-associated hospitalizations—the highest estimate for a single flu season.

    Prevention Tips

    Get vaccinated against flu.

    With rare exceptions, everyone ages 6 months and older should be vaccinated against flu. Flu vaccination, available as a shot or a nasal spray, can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, missed work and school, and prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths.

    It’s ideal to be vaccinated by October, although vaccination into January and beyond can still offer protection. Annual vaccination is needed because flu viruses are constantly changing, flu vaccines may need to be updated, and because a person’s immune protection from the vaccine declines over time. Annual vaccination is especially important for people at high risk for developing serious complications from flu. These people include:

    • Children younger than 5 years, but especially those younger than 2.
    • Pregnant women.
    • People with certain chronic health conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart and lung disease).
    • People 65 or older.

    Vaccination is especially important for health care workers, as well as those who live with or care for people at high risk for serious flu-related complications, such as people older than 65 or with compromised immune systems. Because babies younger than 6 months are too young to get a flu vaccine, their mother should get a flu shot during her pregnancy to protect them throughout pregnancy and up to 6 months after birth. Additionally, all of the baby’s caregivers and close contacts should be vaccinated.

    Although there was a less than ideal match between circulating flu strains and those included in the vaccine during last season, CDC estimates that the vaccines still provided about half the protection they did during the previous season. CDC also reports that this season’s vaccines better match circulating viruses.

    Practice healthy habits.

    Wash your hands often. Teach children to do the same. Both colds and flu can be passed through contaminated surfaces, including the hands. Wash hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds.

    Try to limit exposure to infected people. Keep infants away from crowds for the first few months of life.

    • Eat a balanced diet.
    • Get enough sleep.
    • Exercise.
    • Do your best to keep stress in check.

    What to Do if You’re Already Sick

    Usually, colds have to run their course. Gargling with salt water may relieve a sore throat. And a cool-mist humidifier may help relieve stuffy noses.

    Here are other steps to consider:

    • Call your health care professional. Start the treatment early.
    • Limit your exposure to other people. Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
    • Stay hydrated and rested. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated products, which may dehydrate you.
    • Talk to your health care professional to find out what will work best for you.

    In addition to over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, there are FDA-approved prescription medications for treating flu. Cold and flu complications may include bacterial infections (e.g., bronchitis, sinusitis, ear infections, and pneumonia) that could require antibiotics.

    Tips for Taking OTC Products

    Tablets-MedicationsRead medicine labels carefully and follow the directions. People with certain health conditions, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, should check with a health care professional or pharmacist before taking a new cough and cold medicine.

    Choose OTC medicines appropriate for your symptoms.

    • Nasal decongestants unclog a stuffy nose.
    • Cough suppressants quiet coughs.
    • Expectorants loosen mucus.
    • Antihistamines help stop a runny nose and sneezing.
    • Pain relievers can ease fever, headaches, and minor aches.

    Check the medicine's side effects. Medications can cause drowsiness and interact with food, alcohol, dietary supplements, and each other. It’s best to tell your health care professional and pharmacist about every medical product and supplement you are taking.

    Check with a health care professional before giving medicine to children.

    See a health care professional if you aren't getting any better. With children, be alert for high fevers and for abnormal behavior such as unusual drowsiness, refusal to eat, crying a lot, holding the ears or stomach, and wheezing.

    Signs of trouble for all people can include:

    • cough-coldA cough that disrupts sleep.
    • A fever that won’t respond to treatment.
    • Increased shortness of breath.
    • Face pain caused by a sinus infection.
    • High fever, chest pain, or a difference in the mucus you’re producing, after feeling better for a short time.

    This article appears on FDA's Consumer Updates page, which features the latest on all FDA-regulated products

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