Cold and Flu viruses are thought to spread mainly by droplets made when people with a cold and flu cough, sneeze, or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. A person might also get infected by touching a surface or object that has a cold or flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes, or nose.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends an annual seasonal flu vaccine. To learn about the flu vaccine visit www.flu.gov/prevention-vaccination.
Some natural ways to prevent colds and flu:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, or an alcohol
based hand rub- especially after you cough or sneeze.
• Don’t cover your coughs and sneezes with
your hands- use a tissue and dispose of it
immediately, or cough or sneeze into your elbow.
• Don’t touch your face- cold and flu viruses enter through the eyes, nose and mouth.
• Drink lots of fluids- water flushes your system, washing
out the toxins as it rehydrates you. A typical, healthy adult
needs eight 8-ounce glasses of fluids each day.
• Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
• While sick limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
• Try to stay home if you are sick until at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever, without the use of fever
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.
There is no guarantee against getting colds or the flu, but practicing healthy lifestyle habits- such as eating nutrient dense foods including plenty of fruits and vegetables can help to keep your immune system strong and help you to heal faster.
Always follow the advice of your healthcare provider and take medications as prescribed.