Cold and Flu Prevention Tips

How to Avoid Getting Sick

October 13, 2017
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If you’re trying hard to avoid catching the common cold and the flu, here are some prevention tips to keep you healthy—short of wearing your own personal Hazmat suit!

How to Prevent Colds and the Flu

  • Keep current on inoculations, and ask your doctor about flu shots. The CDC recommends that every person over the age of 6 months receive the vaccination. If possible, get the flu shot in October, before flu season begins.
  • Don’t share washcloths or towels. Use disposable towels or tissues instead of cloth handkerchiefs.
  • If you’re in a public restroom, try to avoid touching frequently-touched places, like the faucet or door handle. Shut the faucet off with a paper towel and try to push the door open with your shoulder or use the paper towel to turn the knob.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough. If you don’t have a tissue, cough into your upper sleeve.
  • Colds are only caught from other people; during cold season, don’t shake hands or touch surfaces and then bring your fingers to your nose or face.
  • Don’t bite your nails; it spreads germs.
  • Don’t share food or drinks, even a taste.
  • Wash your hands often, especially after returning from public spaces! Use lots of soap and water. Here’s how to wash your hands right!

Washing hands

  • When in doubt, hug instead of kiss, even if your heart says otherwise!
  • Drink plenty of liquids, especially fresh, pure water.
  • Get plenty of sleep. Go to bed early!
  • Cut back on sugars and alcoholic drinks.
  • Eat correctly, especially lots of fruits with high vitamin C content, as well as veggies and grains that cleanse your system.
  • If you can, take it easy and rest as soon as symptoms develop.
  • Stay at home if you are sick. Your school or office will not appreciate you inadvertently spreading your illness!

And here is some good old-fashioned advice from The 1852 Old Farmer’s Almanac:

To avoid fall fevers, eat moderately, drink sparingly, lie not down on the damp earth, nor overheat yourself; but keep your temper, and change your clothes as the weather changes.

Already caught a cold? Here are a few natural remedies for colds.

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Elderberry for colds/flu

Elderberry extract is an effective remedy for colds/flu/virus. Even WedMD touts its effectiveness. Another tip I've heard is never touch your eyes when out in public or if hands are germy. Article said more germs enter by the eye than any other way. I've been following that advice for the last twenty years and only have had about five colds or less!

Great advice expect that flu inoculation

I like all the everyday preventative advice. The one year I took the flu shot I got so sick, I'm not doing that again. I follow the natural methods and find I make it through the season with no problems. It's a choice of awareness in preventative health versus being lazy and just getting 'the shot.'

Vitamin D works like a charm

Vitamin D works like a charm to prevent colds and flu.

This really stings...but it

This really stings...but it works. Put salt directly on a cold sore. The sting only lasts 2 minutes but it works. The cold sore is gone within a day.

Keep comfy outdoors in

Keep comfy outdoors in winter:
Important for warmth is keeping dry, even from perspiration, or exhaling into your scarf; so layering clothes that wick, and carrying spare dry socks and mitts is smart.
Clothing/boots that are tight won't allow airspace to keep you warm and may restrict your circulation.

I have found a great system with socks: I wear a pair of thin cotton first, covered in thick fluffy polypropylene, and another larger pair of cotton or wool to pull the moisture away from my skin. Fold pants under socks, roll outer sock at boot top to keep snow out.