Health & Wellness
What should you know about protecting yourself during cold and flu season? The fall and winter months (October through May) are prime time for most colds, flu cases, and other respiratory infections to occur in the
United States. This coincides with the opening of schools, cold weather, and people spending more time indoors, which increases the chances of germs spreading from person to person. Everyone is at risk. However, the
very young, the very old, those with chronic diseases, or with weakened immune systems are more likely to get these infections. The best way to prevent getting the flu is to get an annual flu shot. If for some reason you
are not able to do so, here are some practical tips to prevent catching germs from others:
- Use warm water and soap and scrub your hands for about 20seconds. Dry your hands with a clean, disposable towel.
- Wash your hands before eating, or touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Wash your hands after touching anyone who is sneezing, coughing, or blowing nose, or has a runny nose. This is true especially if you are taking care of someone ill.
- Wash your hands after using the restroom.
- Do not share towels, lipstick, toys, eating utensils, drinking glasses, or anything else that might be contaminated with respiratory germs.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid when possible closed, crowded spaces.