Prepare for Cold and Flu Season

Simple strategies can help you avoid complications

Protect yourself before flu season by getting your flu shot as soon as possible. But don’t stop there. Take these steps to defend yourself against both cold and flu:

Steer clear of germs
Cold and flu season is hand-washing season. Follow common sense hygiene rules such as using soap and water to wash your hands. Avoid crowds, too. What if you’re the one who is coughing or sneezing? Cover your mouth with your elbow, not your hands.

Stay active
Studies show that regular physical activity reduces the number of sick days a person takes. Aim for around 150 minutes of moderate activity each week. Brisk walking, hiking, and cycling all help. Little changes help a lot, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

Eat fresh foods
Packaged foods are often low in vitamins and nutrients. By eating a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins, your body will have the fuel it needs to help fight illness.