Cold & Flu

Overview
The flu leads to missed days of work or school. For some people, it can be life-threatening. So when flu season comes around, it’s time to protect yourself against the influenza virus. Here are some tips to help you avoid the flu.

Protect yourself
First, get a yearly flu vaccine. It’s best to get it by the end of October, but it can still be effective even if you get it later. The flu vaccine will help protect you for the entire flu season. And by protecting yourself, you’ll also help protect those around you.

Avoid the flu virus
Next, avoid the flu virus. It spreads easily through coughs, sneezes and close contact. So stay away from people who are sick. Keep your hands clean. Wash your hands with soap and water frequently. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available. And don’t touch your face with unwashed hands.

Protect others
And finally, if you do get the flu, go see your doctor right away. There are prescription antiviral medications that fight the flu, but you must start taking them soon after getting sick. And keep your flu from spreading. Don’t go to work or school when you’re sick. Don’t shake hands, kiss or hug. Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your upper shirtsleeve. Always wash your hands after you cough or sneeze. And disinfect the surfaces you touch.

Conclusion
These tips aren’t guaranteed to keep you completely free of the flu, but they can help you reduce your risk.

Overview
The last thing you need right now is a cold. And if you do have one, you don’t want it to spread to the people around you. So here are some things you can do to reduce the spread of colds.

Protect yourself
First, keep yourself from catching a cold. The germs that cause colds spread easily through coughs, sneezes and close contact with an infected person. So try to stay away from people who are sick. Next, keep your hands clean. Germs on your hands can infect you when you touch your eyes, mouth or nose. So wash your hands with soap and water frequently. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available. And don’t touch your face with unwashed hands.

Protect others
If you have a cold, help keep it from spreading to others. Don’t go to work or school when you’re sick. Stay home until you’re better. Don’t shake hands, and don’t kiss or hug. Cough and sneeze into a tissue, and then throw it away. Or cough and sneeze into your upper shirtsleeve. Always wash your hands after you cough or sneeze. And disinfect the surfaces you touch so your germs don’t spread to others.

Conclusion
These tips aren’t guaranteed to keep you completely free of colds, but they can help you reduce your risk.

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