Prepare for Winter: 10 Tips for Cold and Flu Prevention

washing-handsCoughs, runny noses, fevers, sore throats, chills… the symptoms can go on and on. A cold or the flu can seriously affect your day-to-day life. Statistics show that as many as 20% of Americans will come down with the flu, and more will catch the common cold. So, what to do? How to prepare? We have developed a nifty handout with advice for cold and flu prevention, plus recommendations for what to do if you should get sick anyway.

But the best place to start is here.

10 Tips for Cold and Flu Prevention

1. SCRUB! Wash your hands with soap for at least 30 seconds – and wash them often. If you can’t wash, then use a hand sanitizer. Use disinfectant wipes to clean phone mouthpieces, doorknobs, computer keyboards, and other hands-on surfaces.

2. COVER! Don’t cough or sneeze into your hands, where germs will be spread on everything you touch. Instead, use a tissue or the crook of your elbow.

3. EAT RIGHT. Cut down on sugar and eat more fruits and vegetables to boost your immune system. If you do get infected with a cold or flu, you’ll be in better condition to help fend it off or shorten its stay. Continue reading “Prepare for Winter: 10 Tips for Cold and Flu Prevention”

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