Avoiding Colds & Flu

Colds and flu are caused by viruses that spread from person to person. Try these simple steps to help keep you and your family healthier:

  • Exercise regularly, eat nutritious foods, take Vitamin C and get enough sleep
  • Wash your hands often, especially during the peak cold and flu seasons (late winter and early spring)
  • You can pick up a cold from a handshake, the telephone, even money
  • Avoid touching the moist areas of your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid sharing cups, glasses or utensils among family members, especially during peak cold and flu seasons

While you have a cold or flu...

  • Use paper tissues instead of cloth handkerchiefs to avoid giving the virus to others
  • Drink plenty of fluids, especially if you have a fever. Liquids are also soothing to a dry, irritated throat and may help relieve coughing
  • Get adequate rest in a well-ventilated room
  • Use a cold-mist vaporizer to increase the humidity in the air - this will help loosen mucus and relieve a dry throat. (Be sure to clean the vaporizer after each use.)