Do you really know how to prevent colds/flu?
Handwashing greatly reduces your risk of viral infections like cold and flu. If you can’t get to soap and water, a hand sanitizer may be used. Foam-based hand sanitizers that leave a film seem to work better than alcohol gel. But old-fashioned hand-washing is best, and regular soap is as good as antibacterial soap. Just remember to wash your hands correctly—at least 20 seconds, scrubbing all surfaces (don’t forget the backs of your hands), then drying thoroughly.
Get your Flu vaccine! Flu season runs from October to May, so if you haven’t gotten your vaccine, it’s not too late. The vaccine takes 2-4 weeks to be effective but lasts for at least six months. If you get your vaccine now, you’ll be fully protected for the peak flu season in January or February.
Wipe down frequently touched surfaces such as keyboards, phones, etc. Try to stay at least 10 feet away (if possible) from those with cough, body aches, fever. That’s because the flu virus is spread via tiny respiratory droplets that can travel up to 6 feet or more from an infected person. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, especially if you haven’t had a chance to wash your hands.
Take care of yourself, get plenty of sleep, eat nutritious foods, stay hydrated, and get regular exercise.
Is there anything else I can do?
Here are a few things proven to help reduce the number of colds in children:
–Probiotics (lactobacillus acidophilus alone or combined with bifidobacterium ) daily for several months
–Vitamin C 1 gram daily for up to several weeks
–Zinc sulfate syrup (ages 1-10) one teaspoon daily up to several months