Ways to Stay Healthy During the Flu Season

By Robert Gordon, M.D., chief medical director at the Abramson Center

As we approach the flu season, there are steps that you can take to reduce your risk of catching the flu virus. The following guidelines, recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, can help you remain healthy during the winter months.

  • Wash your hands frequently, especially after being exposed to sick people, and after sneezing and coughing.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Use tissues when coughing and sneezing instead of your bare hand, and dispose of them immediately after use.
  • Avoid those who are ill.
  • Maintain a healthy diet.
  • Engage in regular exercise.
  • Get the flu shot annually.
  • If you feel ill, make sure to increase the amount of fluids you are drinking.
  • Get medical advice if you have a high fever with the flu that lasts more than two days.
  • Your kitchen sponge can be a major source of contamination. Clean it weekly by wetting it and putting it in the microwave for two minutes.
  • Stay home from work or social events if you have the flu.

Approach the flu season with a positive attitude and these healthy hints. Have a healthy and happy winter!