Prevent Colds and the Flu this Winter!

12 February 2019

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," said Benjamin Franklin. Old Ben knew what he was talking about. Although we can't beat every illness, most of the time, doing things to prevent common infections like the cold and flu is better than trying to "cure" them.
The most important steps you can take to stay healthy and prevent colds and the flu are things you have likely heard over and over again (and deservedly so):
  • Wash Your Hands: Perhaps most importantly, washing your hands correctly and frequently is the best way to prevent the spread of germs. You will keep yourself healthier by washing your hands like you should, and you will also reduce the chances that you pass your germs on to others.
  • Use Hand Sanitizer Soap and water aren't always readily available, but germs are everywhere. If you don't have a way to wash your hands, be sure to use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol to clean your hands thoroughly. This is especially important before you touch your face, eat, or touch someone else.
  • Get Vaccinated!: There is no good reason to avoid vaccines. Countless studies have shown that they are safe, effective, and save millions of lives each year.
  • Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle: Keeping your body healthy helps keep your immune system healthy. That means you are better able to fight off illnesses when you come into contact with germs. Doing things like eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, getting plenty of sleep, and reducing stress will help ensure that your body is better able to fight off infections.
  • Quit Smoking:  If you smoke, even occasionally, stop. Smoking affects your immune system, making you more likely to get sick with common illnesses, like cold and flu. Smoking affects nearly every part of the body in many ways.
  • Stay Hydrated: Staying well hydrated is more important than you think. Drinking enough water each day keeps your body functioning as it should. Proper hydration is essential for every single body system to work properly.
  • Don't Share Drinking & Eating Utensils: This should go without saying, but far too many people still share cups, water bottles, utensils, and food. Even if the person you are sharing with isn't visibly sick, they could pass germs on to you that will make you sick.
While we can't prevent every single illness, there are things most of us could be doing more often to protect ourselves and our families. Allowing your body's immune system to do its job is a good thing, but so is doing your part to avoid germs when you can. There's a reasonable middle ground between "living in a bubble" and never washing your hands. If you follow the guidelines listed here, you'll be on your way to your healthiest year yet!
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