If you’re trying hard to avoid catching a common cold and the flu, here are some prevention strategies to keep you healthy—short of wearing your own personal Hazmat suit!

HOW TO PREVENT COLDS AND THE FLU

  • Keep current on inoculations, and ask your doctor about flu shots.
  • Don’t share washcloths or towels. Use disposable towels or tissues instead of cloth handkerchiefs.
  • If you’re in a public restroom, try to avoid touching frequently-touched places, like the faucet or door handle. Shut the faucet off with a paper towel and try to push the door open with your shoulder or use the paper towel to turn the knob.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough. If you don’t have a tissue, cough into your upper sleeve.

  • Colds are only caught from other people; during the cold season, don’t shake hands or touch surfaces and then bring your fingers to your nose or face.
  • Don’t bite your nails; it spreads germs.
  • Don’t share food or drinks, even a taste.
  • Wash your hands often, especially after returning from public spaces! Use lots of soap and water.
  • When in doubt, hug instead of a kiss, even if your heart says otherwise!
  • Drink plenty of liquids, especially fresh, pure water.
  • Get plenty of sleep. Go to bed early!

  • Cut back on sugars and alcoholic drinks.
  • Eat correctly, especially lots of fruits with high vitamin C content, as well as veggies and grains which cleanse your system.
  • If you can, take it easy as soon as symptoms develop.
  • Stay at home if you are sick. Your school or office will not appreciate you inadvertently spreading your illness!