4 Ways to Avoid the Cold (Flu)

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Possibly, the most unavoidable health problem is the flu. It is usually more common in the cold periods, and everyone from doctors, to flight attendants, teachers–basically the everyday working individual–is prone to getting the flu. Here is a combination of different practical tips on how to avoid catching the flu:

1. Get a flu shot

First tings first, get a flu shot. This will pro-actively protect you even before you come in contact with the virus. Once you’ve had a shot, all you have to do is follow a few simple steps to make sure you stay healthy.

2. Wash your hands

The most basic step to take regularly is to make sure that your hands are always clean. This means washing your hands all the time. Your hands go everywhere, they shake other hands, dig the nose, scratch anywhere etc. according to Alan Pocinki, MD. who practices at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington D.C, “ no matter where you work, if you come in contact with people who are contagious, you have to wash your hands over and over wash your hands as much as you can stand and then some more, especially wrapping up a visit with someone who is sick.”A good scrubbing takes 20 seconds or more, and while at it, focus on the area in-between your fingers and under your nails.

3. Avoid people who are sick

According to Terri Remy, MD, medical director of Medical Associates at Beauregard in Alexandria, VA, “Doctors tend to be cautious about hand shaking.” “Just explain, To keep transmission of colds and flu down, I’m not shaking hands. But hello! Nice to meet you! They understand.” In the world of business, this rule doesn’t apply as the handshake is the beginning of every business. Just remember to scrub your hands or use hand sanitizer after every handshake.

4. Keep your surroundings clean

Nothings beats the flu like keeping your personal environment clean. Keep a clean desk at work, wash your dishes and empty the trash regularly at home, and etc. Keep a healthy lifestyle, maintain good nutrition, don’t smoke, be aware of your allergies and control them.

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