Tips for Avoiding Cold and Flu Season

David Nicely, Author

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Are you dreading getting sick this winter? Most students are. People who are exposed to germs every day… doctors, flight attendants and teachers know a thing or two about how to stay healthy when everyone around them is sick. Their suggestions can help you, too.


  1. Keep your surroundings clean. Sanitize doorknobs and light switches and everything in-between.
  2. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (if you can’t get to some soap and water), sanitizer will kill cold and flu germs.
  3. Get a flu shot. It’s the number one thing you can do to prevent the flu for yourself.
  4. Wash your hands… a lot. No matter what you do or where you work, if you come into contact with people who are contagious, you have to wash your hands over and over again.
  5. Keep up on a healthy lifestyle. It’s important to look after your own health, says Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, an internal medicine and infectious disease specialist in Lexington, KY. People always underestimate good nutrition, don’t smoke, and keep your allergies controlled, because if they’re out of control, then your upper respiratory tree is already inflamed, which sets it up to more easily acquire a virus.


Stay healthy!