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Back To Flu (And Cold) Season

Every year at the end of August, you can hear the patter of little feet trudging back to school. There’s the groan of pocketbooks as parents shell out money for new clothes and school supplies. Kids and parents discuss school menus, and everyone tries to figure out how to keep butts in chairs when there just aren’t enough hours in the day to let active kids stretch their legs long enough and still finish all the homework left on their memory sticks. Parents brace themselves against the inevitable school viruses that come back with their kids to the house, and parents wonder how they will keep those illnesses from spreading to their co-workers like wildfire. This is back-to-school season.

Too bad there isn’t a McAFee for human bodies.



Seattle Direct Counseling is implementing a “Back To Flu Season” check-up for every person who makes an office visit. Whether you are coming in for a counseling session, coaching session, a free consultation, or you just want the check up, you’ll get my B2FS package for free, including hand sanitizer generously donated from Swedish Hospital (while supplies last).

What can you expect in your B2FS check up?

1. An oral questionaire about cold and flu season, to help you evaluate your best choices for preventing H1N1 flu, pneumonia, and colds.
2. A reminder of how to prevent the transmission of flues and colds. Remember “cover your cough?” It’s something like that. And then some.
3. Helpful tips on staving off a cold.
4. Recommendations for diet, exercise, and supplements to help keep you healthy. Please note: SDC does not sell supplements, and I do not benefit from the selling of supplements through recommendations.
5. How to tell when you should see the doctor, and when you don’t.

What’s your best advice for preparing for the cold and flu season? Please do not send in your MLM websites for supplements. Please DO send in your favorite home remedies for a sore throat, or how to ease body aches from the flu.

I might not be able to keep you from maddening boredom if you get sick and need to take time to rest, but I can make having a cold or the flu a little more bearable, and certainly more safe.

    By Imei Hsu

    Imei Hsu is a mental health counselor, active retired RN, writer, triathlete and arts promoter in the Seattle area and through online services. With 29+ years in healthcare (20+ years in mental health), Imei has a commitment to helping people discover insight into their health, relationships, and connecting. She is the owner of Seattle Direct Counseling and the blog, a presenter and speaker on a variety of psychological topics, and a positive force on the Internet. She is launched her personal project, My Allergy Advocate, in 2018. Imei is two-time Ironman Finisher (Mont-Tremblant 2016, Ironman Canada 2018), and is currently training for her third Ironman in August 2020; she also finished her first ultramarathon in 2017 and has gone on to race the 100K distance while preparing for two separate 100 Mile trail races in 2020. You can find her running everywhere and eating all the thingz, watching movies, and cooking real food.

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