Tip #1: WASH HANDS OFTEN
Especially before eating, after using the restroom, and after being outside. To do it right, use soap and warm water for 20 seconds. This is the recommended amount of time to get your hands clean. It is also important to dry your hands with a clean, fresh towel.
Tip #2: GET IMMUNIZED
The flu virus can spread fast, so get vaccinated. You can get vaccinated for H1N1 and the seasonal flu in the same shot.
Tip #3: USE A TISSUE
Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Tissues can help trap germs so they don’t spread. And remember; throw it away when you’re done.
Tip #4: COUGH OR SNEEZE INTO YOUR ELBOW
One sneeze can spray up to 3,000 infectious droplets into the air at more than 100 MPH. So if you don’t have a tissue handy, use the inner part of your sleeve at the elbow. You can help reduce the fast spread of germs.
Tip #5: THROW AWAY USED TISSUES
Toss out your used tissue immediately after use. It just makes sense.
Tip #6: GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Kids ages 3 – 5 need about 11 to13 hours of sleep every night. Nine to 11 hours if they are ages 6-12. And adults should get no less than eight hours per night. This helps empower your immune system.
Tip #7: STAY HYDRATED
Drink plenty of fluids, preferably water. After all, our bodies are mostly water, and the ongoing intake of water is essential to our every bodily function. This is a proven way to strengthen your immune system and helps you “flush” your body clean.
Tip #8: EAT BREAKFAST
Proper nutrition can help you fight against the cold and flu virus. It also helps to keep you more alert and improves concentration throughout the day.
Tip #9: STAY HOME IF SICK
An estimated 125 million workdays are missed by parents who stay home with a sick child. With this in mind, keep kids home when they’ve come down with the cold or flu, so as to not spread these viruses to others. The same holds true for adults. Don’t get your workplace sick because you had to prove how “tough” you were. The work will wait.
Tip #10: EXERCISE & STAY ACTIVE
Do something active like running, walking, playing, cycling, or swimming for 60 minutes every day. It’s not just your muscles that are getting stronger, exercise helps strengthen your immune system, too.