November 22, 2017

Tips to Ward Off the Flu, Colds

November 22, 2017

Tis the season for togetherness and the potential for the spread of germs. Given the time of year and the fact that cold and flu season are right around the corner, Cooley Dickinson Hospital Infection Prevention Manager Linda Riley, RN, offers the following reminders to keep you – and yours – healthy and bright during the holiday season.

  • Clean your hands often.  Carry alcohol sanitizer for use when soap and running water are not available.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 15 seconds before eating and after using the bathroom. (You’ll know you’ve washed for 15 seconds after humming two refrains of the “Happy Birthday” song.)
  • Get a flu shot.  It’s not too late! Getting the flu shot is effective and does not cause the flu.  Many people have and spread the virus without even realizing they are ill.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth.  That’s how germs and viruses get into your body to make you sick.
  • Cover your mouth or nose when you cough or sneeze by coughing or sneezing into the bend of your arm.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Get a good night’s rest.  Most adults need between 7 and 8 hours of sleep a night.
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Start the day with a multivitamin.
  • Clean things that are touched often, especially keyboards, door knobs, and phones.
  • Carry and use your own pen instead of using pens that are provided at the bank or grocery store.



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