Preventing Colds and Flu
Tips for Cold and Flu Prevenention
Wash your hands frequently with disinfectant or anti-bacterial soap
- Most cold and flu viruses are spread through direct contact. If you are around someone who is sick, wash your hands even more frequently.
Don’t cover your sneezes and coughs with your hands
- This may seem like a polite gesture, but sneezing or coughing in your hands spreads germs. Turn your head away from people and use your inner arm or clothing as protection.
Drink plenty of fluids
- Fluids flush out harmful toxins in our bodies. Fluids are also important for hydration. An adult needs eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.
Get fresh air
- Open your windows and doors for a few minutes daily to circulate fresh air and help push out those airborne viruses.
Get a flu shot
- The easiest way to protect yourself is to get vaccinated each year during flu season.
Maintain a healthy diet
- Eating right helps provide your body with the fuel needed to keep your immune system strong.
*Always consult with your healthcare provider to determine your level of risk for infection and your need for any vaccine.
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