Cold & Flu Season Tips to Keep Healthy This Winter

How Individuals Can Keep Themselves Healthy?

To help prevent the spread of influenza, individuals should take common-sense precautions against the virus to ensure healthier home, work and play environments for themselves and their families during flu season and beyond.

The CDC recommends that all adults and children older than six months receive an annual influenza vaccine. Each year, an influenza vaccine is developed to counter the most likely flu strains that researchers have identified will be the most prevalent during that year’s flu season. Influenza vaccinations have been proven to be a safe, effective way to mitigate seasonal influenza infection and play a critical part in reducing influenza-related morbidity and mortality.

Good hygiene practices are also very important to helping people stay healthy. Individuals should cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and encourage others to do the same. Avoid those who are sick and frequently disinfect shared common areas. People should also avoid touching their nose and mouth during influenza season and wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer frequently. Individuals should take care to protect their immune system during flu season as well by maintaining healthy habits, including; eating nutritious meals, drinking plenty of water, exercising and getting enough sleep.

Taking proper precautions against the spread of influenza is a crucial to not only protecting an individual’s health, but the health of their family, friends and community.


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