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How To Avoid Catching A Cold Or The Flu

How To Avoid Catching A Cold Or The Flu

Our Aussie winter is over but most of you are bracing for another winter. I hope its a mild one for you.

I have just stumbled over a great article on what you can do to avoid catching a cold or the flu. Simple things but important. Click on the link below.

I would like to know what other tips you may have for minimising getting a Cold or the Flu

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Get enough sleep......ha ha like that one :-) seriously tho thanks for that, mostly common sense but we do tend to forget these things during the summer. have a good day.

jan x

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Thanks Jan. We had such a BAD winter here. Coldest winter for over 50 years. I am happy to survive for the first time in decades without catching a cold or the flu. Gerald. xx

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Hi Gerald an excellent article, thanks and that site is very good and

There are a few articles on it that I will read later, when I'm not so

Tired. So Thanks for posting it.

I'm off to bed now, Good night.


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My pleasure Hannah

certainly getting colder nights and early mornings already had to light the fire few times this week


Keep warm mmzetor

Yeah same here central heating on for a little while this morning,

Hope we have a better winter then summer,

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Fingers and all other bits crossed for a mild winter for you over there.

have to admit I like a bit of snow over Christmas for a few days then it can bugger off

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We had snow in August for the first time in over 35 years

When does your winter, or the snow, traditionally end?

Hiya Jackdup.

Spring officially began on the 1st September.

Lucky you, we are just coming into fall and not looking forward to winter.

I don't mind late spring snowfalls like you had as you know it won't be around long and warmer weather is on the way.

Jack we have had the codest winter for 56 years here in Tasmania. I am just hoping we have a decent Summer. Gerald

If that is the case I would suspect any summer would be welcome but sure know what you mean, nothing like a nice long summer with great weather.

Our winter last year I think was the most mild we have ever had or at least the most mild in my memory (of course that isn't what it used to be either).

You'll have to find that Tasmanian devil they used to show in the cartoons to warm things up for you. :-)

The Tassie Devil is almost extinct. Yes looking forward to a Lovely long Summer.

Almost? lol

Yes there is a breeding program costing millions and their is a new colony on Maria Island which is on the east coast of Tasmania.

And here I thought you were just yanking my chain until I did a search. You learn something everyday or in my case every decade. :-)

So do they just roam around in the wild?

Were they allowed to be hunted or why are they almost extinct?

They are brush animals roaming around but very shy. They have developed a disease which has wiped out 90% of the species. Look at this link for more info. Thanks for taking interest.

And thanks for the education, and the link. That really is quite something and very unfortunate.

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My pleasure Jack

Are you originally from there as you look allot like someone I knew 40+ years ago who was also named Gerry,

Jack. I was born in London. My family, 6 children and parents migrated to Australia in 1954.

Then you are not the same person but you have a lookalike or a double.

Take care.

Everyone has a perfect twin somewhere I am told, Jack.

I love the run up to Christmas, yeah we've had a good few white one now,

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Snowing already Sally?

No I was meaning for the last few years we've had snow for Xmas, nice for a few days but that's enough, hope we don't have any till December ish, off to get some 💤💤💤💤 now night night

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Have a wonderful sleep.

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I did thank you, slept like a baby as my mother would have said,

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You must have needed the zzzzzzzzzzzzz's Sally.

Thanks I enjoyed reading that article.

From now I will stop picking my nose specially after gardening as I don't wear gloves.

Really the article was well written and for people like me with copd. ...cannot afford to drop there guard. ..its good to be reminded of that.

Regards. 👍


Thanks wedderburn

Thanks Gerald. Will give it a look.

Nice of you to remind us Winter is on the way. Its a grey morning here in Bournemouth.

Hey ho. Onwards and upwards!

🌞 ☺

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That's very military.

Research has shown that rosehip tea can improve the body's resistance to infection. As I don't like rosehip tea, I have rosehip syrup - just as I used to be given as a child in the 60s. I also take Echinacea tablets when symptoms of a cold start, to limit how bad the cold will get.

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eregendal , I have began to trial Lemon and Ginger Tea. Not bad so far.

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Thank you - some great tips :)

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Thank you Sir James.

Good information ... even just exercising for 10 minutes a day helps and wearing the correct clothes for the weather ... I tend to not put the heating on unless absolutely needed ... I keep throws on both couch's so when chilly its nice to snuggle up and watch the tv. Good warm lightweight boots are a must in the cold weather and warm cosy slippers to change into, lots of thin layers are better as they trap the air and keep you warmer. Good quality food and warm stews are better than taking lots of vitamins unless you don't eat very well and then the vitamins do help but you have to be careful not to over do them.

Sue x

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Sue. Thanks for all those great tips. Gerald. xx

Always good to read your posts Gerald! I am flying away to the Algarve, Portugal.

I love the Algarve we go at least once a year, are you there for the winter, ?

Very jealous Eric and Sally!!!!

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Hello Sally,

We go almost every September for three weeks; an apartment in a quiet part of Lagos. We are exploring the idea of staying for a whole winter though, perhaps next year. We love it too, and I could live there but Barbara, my wife, feels that the medical care would not be adequate for me. I only really have mild asthma and bronchiectasis though; the asthma I have had off and on all my life. It doesn't worry me at all being there. The climate actually helps me. What time of year do you go, and which part Sally?

Eric, stop it your making me jealous. hahahahaha Gerald.

Gerald, I know that you have some beautiful beaches and quiet retreats where you are, and you don't need to travel as far as we do!!! You are just spoiled!!!

Keep well....


Your right Eric. Where I live its no more than 3 hours to the most distant place in Tassie, Do a google search for Wineglass Bay, Tasmania It is paradise. The most well kept secret here.

Hi Gerald, I just searched as you said - NOW IT'S MY TURN TO BE JEALOUS!!! If there is a paradise, it is there!!! Thanks for sharing the "secret". I'll have to manage with Lagos I'm afraid!

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Absolutely stunning place.

We go to a place called Olhos d' Agua, it was a little fishing village when we found it 25 yrs ago it's grown a lot since then but we still love it,

Lovely beaches aren't they. We like Largos because the little town is surrounded by a wall within which development has been (almost) prevented by legislation since we first went in 1986. We stay within the walls, and the town has really spread outside them.

Have an enjoyable and safe trip Eric.

Thanks Gerald. Catch up in October! Enjoy your Spring!

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Cheers Eric.

I take homeopathic Oscillococcinum one pilule on the first day of each month from September through to April. Can't remember the last time I had a cold. I ring up a homeopathic pharmacy, they make up a bottle of however many you want and post it to me. This was suggested many years ago by someone on a thyroid forum.

Of course, now I have COPD I'm also careful to avoid seeing people who have colds, etc., until they're better and try to remember to use hand gel when I go out shopping and wash hands when I get back to try and eliminate any germs picked up from door handles etc.

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Hiya Susie. I keep hand gel in my car as well. Some people may think we are neurotic but it keeps us out of Hospital.

very good link gerald, very important too

many thanks,


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Thanks Jimmmy

I wouldn't mind swooping your Aussie winter for our UK winter I'm dreading it as I do every year

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No way.

I'd 2nd that onamission I love summer time

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Don't we all. hahaha

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