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Cold and Flu Season Survival Guide + A Giveaway

Sponsored by Vicks Humidifiers

Cold and flu season is here, and we were hit pretty hard in our home- especially over the holidays! We got through it, thanks to some self care and the right products, and we are ready to take on 2018. Winter isn’t over yet, and in New York the temperatures are particularly frigid this year (feels like below zero most days) so I’m sharing my own cold and flu survival tips to help you comfortably survive in your home too, especially if you have little kids.

If you have little kids who are missing school days, if you have missed work, or if your home has just been attacked with the flu bug this year, mount your own survival campaign to get back to normal as soon as possible and actually enjoy the winter with your family.

Tips For Cold and Flu Season Survival

1. Get fresh air daily, stay very well hydrated, and amp up the fruits and veggies to get more vitamins and nutrients to fight viruses. Get lots of sleep too, because when you’re tired and not getting all your vitamins, you are more likely to get sick and stay sick longer.

2. Wash hands a lot, and mentally increase your circle of personal space when out in public. Don’t get too close to anyone if possible lest a random sneeze put you out of commission for a week or two, and keep your hands away from your face completely.

3. Take care of the air inside your home. Consider opening windows for at least 5 minutes a day to let in fresh air if it’s not super cold, or only open windows in rooms that aren’t currently occupied and rotate as you move about the house. Moisturize the air with a Vicks® Filter Free Cool Mist Humidifier to keep airways clear and hydrated, particularly in bedrooms and most used rooms of the home. We have one in our family room and one in the bedroom of each of our sons to help us breath better when the air is typically so dry.

4. Have fun stuff ready to do for anyone who get a cold or flu, like crossword puzzles, coloring books, eReaders, etc. Keep fun indoor activities available, as well as snuggly blankets and favorite movies, so while you relax and get better, you have fun too. Better to have some fun while sick than to have no fun at all (and a good mood strengthens your immune system too).

5. Keep your medicine cabinet stocked with the essentials, because despite our best efforts to minimize germs, some will manage to sneak their way in (especially if you have little kids). Having the essentials, like Vicks VapoRub, at home ensures no need for a midnight run to the 24 hour pharmacy if someone is sick.

Buy a Vicks Filter Free Cool Mist Humidifier at VicksHumidifiers.com to make your nights much more comfortable. It’s also available at most online and popular retailers. A Protec Humidifier Cleaning Fish keeps the water clean by reducing odor-causing bacteria, mold, and algae up to 99% and only needs to be changed once a month (as opposed to having to clean out a whole humidifying system with each refill without the Protect Cleaning Fish). If the sniffles have already started, Vicks Menthol VapoPads help sooth cough and irritated airways and fit right into the humidifier, and you can add two VapoPads for twice the power.

The Vicks Filter Free Cool Mist Humidifier runs quietly and produces a cool mist you can see. I no longer hear raspy breathing overnight from anyone in my family. The added moisture to the air helps relieve cough and congestion long enough for everyone to have a good night sleep. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using a cool mist humidifier throughout the winter months to help relieve congestion and cough in children, and maintaining the proper humidity level inside a home can reduce the survival of flu viruses both in the air and on surfaces, making it less likely for colds to recur. The flu virus thrives in cold, dry spaces so a humidity level between 40 and 60% is ideal, and a Vicks Humidifier can help keep the air moist.

With a blue Vicks Cool Mist Humidifier for one of my sons and a green for the other (we color code everything with blue and green), we all sleep more comfortably, and only Vicks Cool Mist Humidifiers provide the familiar and comforting scent of Vicks menthol. They were easy to set up and don’t require filters, and the stream can be adjusted from a slight mist to a very strong output that is very visible. The tank holds 1.2 gallons of water which can last up to 30 hours, and is designed for a room up to 400 square feet.

Win a Cold and Flu Survival Kit from Vicks!

The right tools can help your family survive cold and flu season comfortably, and Vicks is giving away one Vicks® Filter Free Cool Mist Humidifier, one Family Pack of Vicks VapoPads, and one Protec Humidifier Cleaning Fish (ARV $110). To enter, leave a comment sharing how a Vicks Humidifier would provide comfort and relief for your family during cold and flu season. Ends January 31,2018, US only 18+. Winner has 24 hours to respond to winning notification via email before a new winner is chosen. Good luck and stay warm and healthy!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Vicks Humidifiers. The opinions and text are all mine.

  • Elaina

    A new humidifier would be great, as I have 3 kids and always have to pick and choose who gets it when they are all sick at the same time. We have a Vicks humidifier and it helps soothe their tiny noses and throats when those stubborn viruses hit.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy Klocinski

    I have a gas furnace in my house, so the air is extra dry, especially in cooler weather.ReplyCancel

  • susan smoaks

    my husband and i have issues with our nose when it’s so cold outside and we have to run the heat so much. this humidifier would be awesome to alleviate those issues.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Baas

    It would help with my dry throat and nose.ReplyCancel

  • Vicks Humidifier would provide comfort and relief for my family during cold and flu season because it would keep our airways clear and hydrated. We love Vicks! Thanks for the chance!ReplyCancel

  • Antoinette M

    This would be great to relieve cough and congestion, especially at night.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy Weinstein

    A Vicks Humidifier would provide comfort and relief for me and my dogs because it has been a very cold winter. using the heat makes everything so dry. my nose starts bleeding and i get very stuffed up. also one of my dogs has a stuffed up nasal passage so i think this would help her as well. it would help with dry skin and also keeping my plants from getting so dry.ReplyCancel

  • Our house has only 25% humidity right now and we are battling bloody noses. I think a humidifier would help in the kid’s bedroom.ReplyCancel

  • I LOVE this. The little floating fish that cleans the tank is brilliant and adorable. We have a number of vaporizers we pull out in the winter for all our rooms because they get soooo dry with the heat on. But they also get nasty with gunk at the bottom of the vaporizer unless we clean them out practically on a daily basis. I would love to give this Vick’s one a try and make sure my kids can breathe easy at night! Thanks for the opp!ReplyCancel

  • Janice Ford

    We are terribly uncomfortable and dry during the cold winter with the furnance running. I know that a cool mist humidifier would be a godsend and making our house more comfortable and a place that we can all breathe.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Bourlier

    Super dry house here from the furnace running non stop!ReplyCancel


    This would be great during the winter. The electric heat leaves me dried out this time of the year.ReplyCancel

  • meredith

    We love our humidifier, but now with multiple rooms its hard when everyone is sick, probably should buy a few more so we can all have some reliefReplyCancel

  • Jason Vaughn

    I’ve had bronchitis for a month so this would be amazingReplyCancel

  • Tammy Evans

    It would help since I am already sick and can’t breathe. HELP!ReplyCancel

  • harold

    The air is so dry over here, it would help me breathe easier while sleeping.ReplyCancel

  • Kristina Potter

    Its so dry in my home right now. A vicks Vaporizer would be awesome right now, and even better when suffering with the flu.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Lancaster

    A Vicks Humidifier would provide comfort and relief for my family by moistening the dry air caused by using the heater. It would hopefully prevent the snuffles when we all wake up and lessen our chances of catching a cold or flu.ReplyCancel

  • alice minx

    We live inn the desert, so a humidifier is essential during the winter, otherwise the dry skin just destroys our skin. Our noses get so dry and painful without a little moisture in the airReplyCancel

  • Jacquelyn Cannon

    It would help with my stuffy nose and chest congestion.ReplyCancel

  • Sonya Morris

    This would help tremendously since we have a wood stove and the air is very dry in our house. Thanks for the chance! :)ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Truman

    I have nose bleeds in the morning and my husband has dry eyes and
    dry throat this would help us so much.ReplyCancel

  • Diana McDonald

    I have three kids ages 3,5, and 7. They all sleep in the same bedroom and when one gets a cold it gets passed on fast to the other two. I got my hands full trying to help to get rid of their colds fast enough and keeping them from feeling so miserable.ReplyCancel

  • Karley Moore

    I often wake up in the middle of the night congested and unable to breath. I have a stuffy on a daily basis. This prize would definitely help me get some much needed rest. Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • beth

    This would really help because we all wake up with dry mouths and throats at this time of year.ReplyCancel

  • Becky O.

    I used to use vapor rub on the kids when they were little, but haven’t thought about it in years. Now my kids have kids of their own… this will be perfect for their family. The fish is such a brilliant idea! I think it will help curtail the flu symptoms and help a lot!ReplyCancel

  • evelyn

    I’d love this for my sons room.ReplyCancel

  • My husband’s snoring is so bad I’m hoping this will helpReplyCancel

  • Darlene Carbajal

    This will help so much with my breathing!ReplyCancel

  • meghan\

    Would help with all the coughs and colds!ReplyCancel

  • Jeremy McLaughlin

    This would really help, my house gets very dry at night time.ReplyCancel

  • Char

    I am a hockey coach and I sleep horrible! I need Vicks to help calm me through the night. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Harmony

    This would be so helpful during this cold winter!ReplyCancel

  • Janice L

    My nose and throat would be more hydrated.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Somerville

    We use Vicks VapoRub,and it helps. So I think the Vicks, along with the added moisture in the air would do us a lot of good.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly D

    A Vicks Humidifier would provide comfort and relief for my family by preventing dry air which would further irritate our noses when we are sick.ReplyCancel

  • staci wells mefford

    as a child my parents always used the warm mist humidifiers when we were sick. this would be beneficial in our home not only for cold and flu season but also year round. where we live, we have horrible air quality that for example kids have to stay indoors at school if it gets to a certain level. asthma and allergies are bad in our valley from the air. i know our dr has said he recommends using a cool mist year round for everyone due to this fact and Vicks is a long time trusted name thank you for your generosityReplyCancel

  • sazeeroadster@comcast.net

    My husband loves Vicks! He always applies some under my nose when I am congested!ReplyCancel

  • marlene mcglothlin

    we all have been sick this would definitely help us breathe better at nightReplyCancel

  • Stacie Humphrey

    This would be wonderful. Our house stays so dry from the heat in the winter.ReplyCancel

  • Virginia B

    This would be perfect for the dry winter nights. Thanks for the giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • Shelly P

    A Vicks humidifier would be great for my sinus issues plus the air gets so dry in the winter from the heat.ReplyCancel

  • Olivia

    Great article!!! Such important tips.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Deeter

    Our house get so dry, and it would help with our breathing betterReplyCancel

  • Debbi Wellenstein

    When I catch a cold, I’m always very stuffed up and uncomfortable. This would help tremendously! Our house is very dry, no matter what we do. This humidifier would be wonderful to use this winter.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly brooks

    Vicks Humidifier would provide comfort and relief for your family during cold and flu season by helping my daughter’s asthma especially during the winter time with the heat running and the colds spreading. Would also help with me & her being congested and coughing. Thank you ! Good Luck to all.ReplyCancel

  • Tara Darity

    I think this would really help my kids to keep them clear while resting..ReplyCancel

  • Elle

    It would help keep the air not as dry to make things more comfortable during cold and flu season.ReplyCancel

  • Carrie G

    I have 5 kids so it would be great to have an extra humidifier. All our noses are dry :(
    Also, I have never seen the fish before!! How cute is that??? My kids would love itReplyCancel

  • beth shepherd

    This would provide so much relief for my family. We have been sick lately and we burn wood for heat so our home is dry. Thank youReplyCancel

  • I have C.O.P.D. and this a Vicks humidifier would really help me with the apt. closed up for the winter !ReplyCancel

  • Casey Everidge

    this would really help with our dry air, and all of our coughs!ReplyCancel

  • jules l.

    my daughter and I have had a cold since December, and her nose is raw and bleeding. I think a humidifier would really help her!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne McNeil

    My family and I get severely congested and this would help tremendously!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Martin

    This would help my son so much when he’s all stuffed up!ReplyCancel

  • Carly S

    The humidity levels in my apartment get very low in the winter, so adding moisture to the air would help me breathe better, and also make my houseplants happy! Thank you :)ReplyCancel

  • Lori Walker

    This would help our family due to the cold and allergies. Humidity is lost in our older house.ReplyCancel

  • cheryl s

    my son sometimes gets nosebleeds from dryness so running this in his room would definitely make his room more moist at nightReplyCancel

    • Penelope

      My son too! It definitely helps for nosebleeds.

  • Rebecca C

    I think this humidifier would really help keep me from getting sick this year. I often wake up with a very dry throat. This would alleviate that and *fingers crossed* I won’t get sick this winter!ReplyCancel

  • jenny

    My son had bronchitis when he was 3 months old. It may have been one of the toughest times- because he was so small, and I had to hold a machine over his face to help his lungs clear up. He got well, but the doctor told me that since he had bronchitis at such a young age, he would most likely get it every fall/winter. We are really careful about our habits and are huge fans of humidifiers running during the cold months! We also are very familiar with rubbing vicks on his chest at night to help when his nose is stuffy! They have been a lifesaver! The one we keep in his room is almost 7 years old now, and I would love to win him a new upgraded one with vicks!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I often wake up with a sore throat from the dryness. This would really help me and my family feel refreshed in the mornings and keep us healthy!ReplyCancel

  • sarah k

    I think this would definitely help during any sickness in the family.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Wood

    My kids have asthma so when they have a cold a humidifier helps with their breathing greatly. It’s about time for us to get a new one!ReplyCancel

  • Amber

    We were just talking about wanting to buy an humidifier! It’s been so cold here, and it’s been very dry. My family and I have been waking up with very dry throats and noses lately, so it’s uncomfortable. This would be ideal to allow for better breathing and help comfort the sick ones while also helping the air stay nice and moist. Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • Christine L

    My daughter has a few health problems & if she does not have a humidifier, she wakes up with a 10 min bloody nose almost every morning . We have 2 15+ year old one that barely works & it would help her health so much to get one.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl

    I could breathe easier and sleep better with a Vicks Humidifier.ReplyCancel

  • sylvia

    this would help increase humidity in the house and add a relief for cough so everyone is comfortable as can be when they are sickReplyCancel

  • Kim Avery

    It would help by adding the necessary moisture into our bedroom. We wake up so stuffy and dry from the furnace running.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Lane

    The Vicks Cool Mist Humidifier would be wonderful to have and would help so much with all the sickness that my three school age children bring in.It seems like when one gets sick then they just pass it around to each other.This Cool Mist Humidifier would also help with the dry itchy skin that comes with winter heat too.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda lea

    My daughter lives with terrible sinuses. This would be a great help!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie S.

    Winters get so dry, and I suffer from a few different types of headaches. It would really help clear up some of the headaches caused by the cold and dry temperatures. Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Tara Liebing

    My son gets easily congested and has a hard time breathing clearly at night. I think this Vick’s humidifier would help us breathe easier during the cold and flu season.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley C

    This would be great because we have a new baby and a humidifier would help keep the environment just right for him!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen radcliff

    This would be amazing! I have 6 kids, it would get used so muchReplyCancel

  • Stacy L Wheeler

    Winter means dry throats and nasal passages!ReplyCancel

  • Amy D

    The Vicks Humidifer would really provide a lot of relief to my family. My husband and 4-year old daughter have been coughing a lot throughout the night because of the dry air. Therefore, my daughter is very tired at pre-school. Furthermore, my husband gets really bad migraine headaches when he doesn’t sleep well. In addition, my eyes get really itchy from the dry air. As a busy mom and fitness instructor, I can’t be my best when I am sick. My daughter often gets sick from pre-school. In fact, yesterday, there were 7 out of 16 kids absent from her class with the flu. When my 4-year old daughter gets sick, she often spreads it to her 2-year old sister. My 2-year old daughter is too young for many cold / flu medications that are really effective, so the Vicks Humidifer would really help her. Vicks has been a trusted brand by our family for many years. The Vicks Humidifier would provide relief and really help my entire family.ReplyCancel

  • Haley C

    Utah is so dry, so having a humidifier in our home would help our skin stay nice and moist. It also helps a lot during flu and cold season with congestion.ReplyCancel

  • Kim Naumann

    My house is so dry from hot water heat that I sleep with a bottle of water, I think this would be great to put moisture back into the room.ReplyCancel


    Our house is so dry that all of us have stuffed noses at night – a Vicks Humidifier would make each of us have a much better nights sleep during this awful cold and flu season!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey

    Cold and flu season has already hit my house this winter! We are all stuffy and live in a humid area. This would really help to keep us clear & feeling refreshed from the harsh weather outside.ReplyCancel

  • Jeanna

    Growing up whenever we were sick we used the humidifier and it was so soothing! I think it would also soothe my kids when they are sick w/stuffy noses and colds and help them to breathe better too!ReplyCancel

  • Erwin Carrington

    oooo a must have #vicksReplyCancel

  • Chris L

    My daughter gets sinus infections & bloody noses constantly when the air dries out if the winter. This would help her so much.ReplyCancel

  • Darcy L Koch

    Having one would help the kids or myself breathe easier and get a good night’s sleep. Then the next day we will feel better.ReplyCancel

  • Julia Baxter

    I am a teacher and my humidifier keeps my healthy. I can always use a new one!ReplyCancel

  • Laurie Nykaza

    Vicks Humidifier would be wonderful to have when my son who has a heart transplant has a cold we dont have one to use.ReplyCancel

  • Dana

    I need this because my skin dries out so much during the winter.ReplyCancel

  • Regina

    We do not have a humidifier and with all the colds and flu being so widespread, this would be great to have right now. Thanks so much.ReplyCancel

  • Donna Clifford

    This would be awesome. I’ve never seen one with a fish before.ReplyCancel

  • Kristie P

    My children consistently wake up with dry throats so a personal humidifier in their bedroom would be a great idea. We use one in the hallway but it doesn’t appear to be enough.ReplyCancel

  • karen

    A humidifier would help all seasons for my allergies.ReplyCancel

  • Chris L

    This would help with the kids so much. They seem to get colds all the time in the winter & my daughter’s nose dries out so bad she gets a bloody nose every time she even tries to blow it.ReplyCancel

  • Heather B

    My youngest is always catching colds and due to poor drainage between his nose and ears they almost always lead to ear infections. A Vicks humidifier could be a great benefit to him!ReplyCancel

  • shirley

    Vicks Humidifier would provide comfort and relief for our family during cold and flu season by relieving congestion and cough and keeping the proper humidity level in our home.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy

    When winter comes, we often have either dry or stuffy noses. A Vicks Humidifier would sooth our wintery cold symptoms and help us sleep better.ReplyCancel

  • Anita Duvall

    This would be so nice to have. I keep several jars of Vapo-Rub in the home at all times. The humidifier would be great for my bedside. The air is very, very dry.ReplyCancel

  • Sam

    Doctor told me to get a humidifier last year when my son was having minor sinus problems. Vicks is always our go to medication when anyone gets a cold. But most of us dont like it on our chests makes it harder to sleep. (As you know its harder to sleep all congested though) But everyone gets cranky when they are sick and tired. But this would just solve all our problems Thank you for this chance!ReplyCancel

  • Julianne L Peebles

    Oh we could use these, and I could share with my older naighbor. She’s really been in need of one!ReplyCancel

  • Billie R

    A Vicks humidifier would help add moisture to the air, Iowa winters are very dry. Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Christy

    This would provide great relief to my problem sinuses!ReplyCancel

  • Patricia Green

    This would be awesome to win! I’d give it to my daughter who is expecting her first child. Not only would it help her while pregnant, it would be great for the nursery! The fish inside is adorable for a child’s room! And Vick’s is our go to when any of us need a helping hand keeping our airways running smoothly. Perfect! Love this!!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda L.

    This would help so much because my kids always seem to get so congested when they are sick and it makes it hard for them to sleep.ReplyCancel

  • melanie huttner

    The air in our home is very dry and we all suffer from dry noses, mouths and skin. This would really help us!ReplyCancel

  • Holli Joren

    My husband and I get really dried out sinuses during the winter, which leads to sore throats in the morning. This would be awesome in my household for that reason.ReplyCancel

  • Darcy L Koch

    My family would benefit from using this as our house usually is dry. When the kids come down with a cold they have a hard time sleeping to to the dry air. Getting a good night’s sleep is vital to recovering from uncomfortable symptoms.ReplyCancel

  • Laurajj

    Oh this would be so helpful for our little one during these cold winter months. Our house gets so dry during the winter, and when he gets these horrible colds, he will get nosebleeds. This would be perfect for his room, I love that its a cool mist and you can still use the Vicks! So neat!ReplyCancel

  • Monique Rizzo

    Vicks would provide relief by helping us breathe easier!!ReplyCancel

  • barbg

    I am not seeing an entry form or box or anything. so I hope leaving a comment is the entry. It sounds like a nice product to always have on hand. Plus it is very cute.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Sage

    I love using a humidifier during the winter to help keep moisture in the air. I’ve never tried a vicks one but definitely like to use vicks during this time of year as wellReplyCancel

  • Francine Anchondo

    This would help out so much. It seems someone always has a cold in our house.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Reed

    Our weather is so dry that when my family members get sick it really is hard for them to not develop nagging coughs and dry noses. I think the Vicks Humidifier would provide comfort and relief for my family during cold and flu season by increasing the moisture in the house.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley C

    Well, we don’t really get sick in my household. However, we have allergies like crazy – the changing weather definitely stirs them up. Also, my house is crazy dry as we’ve been having the heat up more with the crazy negative degree temperatures. We need to replace our humidifier as it’s old and doesn’t work the best. I’ve been looking for a good deal on one, however I’ve yet to find one. The vicks humidifiers look perfect! Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • Klydra Pugh

    The beneficial moisture in the air would help everyone breathe better. The ability to add Vick VapoPads is a plus.
    Thanks for the chance.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Shirley

    During the winter months my son gets nosebleeds because of the dry air. This would help him and keep his nose not so dry.ReplyCancel

  • Rawlanda Hercules

    Vick’s Vapor Rub will help me with my congestion! I will be honored if I can win this, because Vick’s has been in my family for years on end. I love the smell and eucalyptus is my favorite scent. I need this to help my health.ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn G

    We all suffer from colds during the winter. This would help clear out our sinuses and let us sleep.ReplyCancel

  • Allyson Tice

    A Vick’s humidifier would totally help my kiddos at night to sleep better! The air would be so much moister and they wouldnt wake up so stuffy!ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda

    As far as I am concerned, there is nothing better than Vick’s Vapor Rub. I have used this since childhood to open up clogged sinuses and can only imagine the relief a humidifier with this would provide!ReplyCancel

  • Chris L

    This would help my daughter so much. She gets frequent sinus problems in the Winter & the dry air causes her frequent nosebleeds.This would just be great for herReplyCancel

  • It would help our stuffy noses!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Ann McIver

    The recent news about this year’s flu is really scary. Our house is always dry and we could use the reinforcements of a good humidifier. Plus we snore a lot because of dry sinuses and dry mouth; not cute at all. If viruses and bacteria can be blocked just a little; I would welcome it in our family. Vicks has always been in our medicine cabinet.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie

    The humidifier would be so helpful for the dry Boston air. In my house, when we are sick, we are particularly impacted by the dryness.ReplyCancel

  • It’s always miserable when you can’t breathe. THis would be great because our apartment’s indoor conditions are always so drying, which makes being sick even worse.ReplyCancel

  • It has been sub zero where we live so our heat basically runs all night. I wake up and my mouth and nose are so dry. The cats have so much static when I touch them I get shocked.ReplyCancel

  • Latanya

    I would use it when we get sick or to help with dry stuffy noses.ReplyCancel

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