Hi...welcome to the forum!
I think the suggestion of constant sanitisation can set you up for more problems and I agree it's overkill...but do be careful, wash hands before touching food and of course after bathroom or blowing your nose..especially when arriving home from being out. Avoid putting your fingers in your mouth and that includes licking them to turn pages..etc unless they've just been washed. Change kitchen wash cloths daily as well as hand towels, don't share towels with others and change your toothbrush once a month. Those are just the basics for anyone during cold season.
Don't use antibacterial soap on your hands constantly..a mild soap (liquid) would be better.
Make sure you do take probiotics and vitamins/minerals and eat a well balanced diet. Vitamin D with cal/mag is a good way to maintain bone/muscle/mood. Make sure you get enough rest.
Regarding the flu....it's a respiratory virus...not gastrointestinal.
I don't know if you'd qualify for the flu shot considering your recent flare and the meds....you could check it out.
I don't think that staying low for a while is a bad thing...but you do need to keep a good suport system of family and friends either by phone, in person or internet.
Definitely do the research and ask lots of questions on this forum.
It takes a while for us to figure out how it all works for us. Please don't become a prisoner of your situation...but make choices whether to go wherever with whom ...etc.
Keep us posted as to how you're doing and feeling....allow yourself time to heal.
*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 4th night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!