Defense Against Cold and Flu

Eating chicken noodle soup in bed while sick

Being sick is not something that most people enjoy. Runny noses, sore throats, and coughing do not provide their host with warm, fuzzy feelings. Preventing these symptoms from developing or worsening is important around this time of the year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend a few easy methods to preventing the catching of illness:

  1. Avoid close contact.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from          others to protect them from getting sick too.

  1. Stay home when you are sick.

If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent                 spreading your illness to others.

  1. Cover your mouth and nose.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those        around you from getting sick.

  1. Clean your hands.

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

  1. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs      and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

  1. Practice other good health habits.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when          someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

Another good recommendation to avoid the flu or lessen its effects is getting a flu vaccination. The CDC recommends annual flu vaccinations for everyone age six months and older. The flu vaccine is even safe for pregnant women and those struggling with chronic health conditions. Of course, different versions of the flu vaccine are used on different patients.

“This flu season, CDC recommends the use of the inactivated influenza vaccine and the recombinant influenza vaccine, both of which are injectable seasonal flu vaccines.” The CDC also advises, “The nasal spray flu vaccine, sold as FluMist® should not be used this flu season.”

Whether still in the preventative stages or in the fighting stage with cold and flu symptoms this season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has the tips and tricks necessary to conquer any ailment.