HOW TO PREVENT COLDS AND THE FLU
- Keep current on inoculations, and ask your doctor about flu shots. The CDCrecommends that every person over the age of 6 months receive the vaccination. If possible, get the flu shot in October, before flu season begins.
- 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 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 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 that cleanse your system.
- If you can, take it easy and rest as soon as symptoms develop.
- Stay at home if you are sick. Your school or office will not appreciate you inadvertently spreading your illness!
And here is some good old-fashioned advice from The 1852 Old Farmer’s Almanac:
“To avoid fall fevers, eat moderately, drink sparingly, lie not down on the damp earth, nor overheat yourself; but keep your temper, and change your clothes as the weather changes.”