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Stop the Flu Virus Dead in Its Tracks

In the past couple of months, three acquaintances of mine have come down with the H1N1 virus, also known as Swine Flu, landing all three of them in the hospital in critical condition. I don’t know if any had gotten a flu shot, or if in their particular situations that would have prevented their life-threatening illnesses. But I took it as a wake-up call to learn all I could.

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I was shocked to learn that even with the availability of vaccines, the dreaded flu virus is taking the U.S. by storm. This year’s strain already has left 20 children dead according to new numbers released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than that, anywhere from 3,000 to 49,000 people die every year from flu-related illnesses.

For many, the flu is little more than a cough and a fever. But health officials want the public to know that in many cases it can also be deadly.

Call me paranoid, but I don’t fully trust the flu shot I get every year to protect me against every strain of flu virus out there. I still get the shot, but I also disinfect my home and business. Surprisingly, not all commercial disinfectants claim to be effective against the more deadly viruses like H1N1. Even those that claim to be “antiviral” and “antibacterial” may not be trusted to be effective against these new strains of viruses the world is having to deal with.

You will recall in past columns where I’ve told you about Nok-Out, the odor eliminator product. I’ve used it for years and have recommended it to you for stubborn odors that have the potential to make your life miserable or cost you a lot of money because of the harm they can do. I love the stuff because it is non-toxic, has no odor or fumes, and is completely harmless to pets and children. And boy does it work! Like a miracle, it kills every kind of odor you can imagine. But it’s more than just a powerful deodorizer.

Nok-Out is antiviral and antibacterial, too. In fact, Nok-Out is so effective against stubborn viruses like H1N1 and H1N2, Nok-Out has recently been confirmed as a hospital disinfectant. I hope that means that soon every hospital in America—make that the world—is being doused with Nok-Out on a regular basis!

Learn more at NokOut.com. And if you are interested in getting Nok-Out to disinfect your environment against the flu viruses and get rid of odors at the same time.

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  1. mollyszu says:

    I agree about the commercials. Nok-Out is constantly being promoted. It may work well, but it is expensive and the postage outrageous! The one time I ordered it, shipping was free. Now they tell me they never offered free shipping!

  2. Jo in KS says:

    I’m another vote for not getting a flu shot with several personal stories I could share as to why not, most of which have already been touched on here. We are mindful of cleanliness and the best times to scrub our hands well. However, I truly believe the best guard against colds/flu/or whatever is the onion approach (I even think I read it first in an old column here.) Take one large onion and cut it in half. I place each half in a paper bowl and ‘hide’ it under a table or on top of a bookcase or on top of the frig for the colder months of the year. (I read somewhere that it absorbs the bad viruses in the air.) Anyway, I have practiced this for 3-4 years now and we have not even had the sniffles. Quite amazing as my husband is a public school teacher and I work with the elderly and we both have autoimmune conditions.

  3. Cathy- Tampa says:

    Beck is ‘dead on’ about washing your hands after shaking the pastor’s hand or anyone’s for that matter. The worst cold I have ever had, decades ago, I received after some really ill lady coughed and hacked her way through church and then came over and shook my hand, telling me HOW sick she was in the process. I knew the moment she coughed in her hand and shook mine, I was doomed. There was no time to wash my hands. As God is my witness, I got the worst cold I ever had from that inconsiderate woman. She should have stayed home from church that day. Coming from the medical field, all I have to say is ‘wash your hands’ people. That’s the best way to NOT catch the flu or a cold.

  4. ABC says:

    Washing your hands is a great defense against colds and stomach virus and such, but if I’m not mistaken, the flu virus can hang around in the air for quite a while after someone who has it coughs or sneezes.

  5. Kristina says:

    There is no way one shot will protect you from all influenza viruses. A seasonal influenza shot is made up of inactive influenza virus of the three most likely “flu” viruses to be prevalent that “influenza year” which begins in October in the US and ends sometime in May or June. The creation of the vaccine shot is done by studying influenza illnesses and seeing what is going to be most likely to hit the US the following fall and winter. Then one influenza vaccine shot is created with those three most common viruses.
    The vaccine takes about two weeks for antibodies to be developed in your body and provide protection therefore it is still possible to get sick for several weeks after the shot, not as a result of the shot as many people claim. Vaccine effectiveness declines over time and each season the vaccine shot is tweaked based on research those two reasons are why the shot is needed each year.
    You can still get the flu if you contract one of the viruses that is not part of the vaccine shot or your particular previous shot effectiveness has declined.
    Do the typical things: wash your hands frequently, eat healthy nutritious foods, get exercise, get rest, and avoid people who are sick. And most important: Don’t go to work when you are sick!

  6. Greta says:

    Thanks for the great tips! We have used Nok-out for 2 yrs after Mary’s recommendation, but never for specifically disinfecting. I am thrilled to have another resource for keeping things as safe/sanitized.

    I disagree with the other comment about commercials. I LOVE the recommendations. If Mary recommends it, I KNOW it is well-researched and worth my time to review/consider. Thank YOU, Mary, for all your work to give us GREAT information about a wide range of topics!! I always read your posts FIRST each day. Thanks for ALL your advice!!

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