Here are everyday healthy habits that help prevent the spread of seasonal cold and flu germs, at home, at work and in school:

Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing and sneezing.
And, dispose of the tissue immediately after use. Reducing the exposure to airborne germs may reduce everyone’s risk of getting infected with flu. If you don’t have a tissue, then cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow — not your hands.

Clean your hands often.
Frequently washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water will help protect you and others from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Consider this, some viruses and bacteria can live from 20 minutes up to two hours or more on surfaces like tables, doorknobs and desks. Germs can easily spread if you touch something that is contaminated with germs and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth — this allows germs to enter your body.

Avoid close contact with others who are sick.
Keep your distance from those who have a cold or flu. And, if you’re sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick, too. Simply stay home from work, school or errands when you are sick. Resting at home will help you recover from illness faster.

Practice other good health habits.
Strengthen your body and immune system by getting plenty of sleep, being physically active, managing your stress level, drinking plenty of fluids and eating nutritious food. A strong immune system can more effectively combat germs.

Get vaccinated.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu vaccinations are the single best way to prevent the seasonal flu. For more information about available vaccinations or to schedule a vaccination appointment at The Steward Center for Sports Medicine and Community Health, please contact us.