- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue – NOT your hand – when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
- Adopt a healthy, well-balanced diet and lifestyle to ensure a strong immune system
- Wash your hands often with soap and water
Proper Hand Washing
- Hand washing should last at least 20 seconds and warm water should be used.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub or sanitizer.
Recognize the differences between a cold & influenza
- Body Aches
- Dry Cough
- Runny or Stuffy Nose
- Fever and/or Body Chills
- Muscle and Body Aches
- Extreme Fatigue
- Dry Cough
- Vomiting and/or Diarrhea
- Does not Necessarily Present with a Runny or Stuffy Nose
If you do fall ill, recover Faster
- Take Vitamin C supplements to boost your immune system
- If needed take ibuprofen to help relieve mild pain and fever.
- Try inhaling aromatic steam – take a hot shower or sit with a warm towel draped around your head.
- Make a hot compress to relieve a headache.
- You may microwave a washcloth for 30 seconds for a compress.
- Use salt water to rinse your nose and throat – mix one quarter teaspoon of salt, one quarter teaspoon of baking soda and eight ounces of water – insert the saline water into your nose one nostril at a time and allow it to drain.
- Drink lots of water – it is important to stay hydrated.
- REST – let your body focus on getting better.
** Please note: This is not a substitute for medical advice by your physician.