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5 Ways To Avoid the Flu

The dreaded flu season is upon us: Avoid waiting rooms and boxes of tissues this year by taking these simple steps.

1. Get a flu vaccine.

A flu vaccine is the No. 1 way to prevent the flu. It’s quick, easy and can save you a season of worry. Don’t wait – it takes about two weeks for the vaccination to kick in and prompt your body to develop antibodies. Make plans to get the vaccine as soon as it becomes available.

2. Wash and sanitize your hands often.

Hand-washing on a regular basis will protect you from germs – be sure to scrub your hands for no less than 20 seconds each time you wash. Also, stock up on hand sanitizer to stash at your desk and in the car. It doesn’t replace washing with soap and water, but it does kill plenty of germs.

3. Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth.

The flu virus can live on any type of surface, including door handles, phones and elevator buttons. To keep germs away, resist touching your eyes, nose or mouth if you haven’t washed your hands recently.

4. Practice healthy habits.

Protect yourself from illness in general by exercising regularly, drinking lots of water and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. Use disinfecting wipes to clean surfaces at home and at work.

5. Avoid others who are sick.

Most flu viruses are spread through sneezing, coughing and talking. Be aware if you are around anyone who is sick and try to avoid contact such as shaking hands. If you do end up with the flu this year, do those around you a favor and stay home. Your co-workers and friends will thank you.