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Beat the bug: 8 ways to avoid getting the flu this season

No one likes getting sick, but sometimes it can feel unavoidable. In the fall and winter seasons especially, it is important to take extra precautions to stay healthy. Here are eight ways you can make it through the flu season unscathed:

  1. Get the flu shot. Many doctors’ offices, pharmacies and even workplaces hold flu shot clinics to make it convenient for you to get this year’s vaccination.
  2. Avoid close contact. Keep your distance from others who are sick. This includes hugging, kissing and shaking hands.
  3. Wash your hands. And wash them often! To completely get rid of germs, you should be scrubbing for 20 seconds or more, being sure to get in between your fingers, the back of your hands and under your nails. If you can’t get to soap and water, alcohol-based sanitizer is a good alternative.
  4. Keep hydrated. The typical adult needs about 1.5 litres of water per day. Drinking water flushes out your system and helps keep your immune system strong.
  5. Cover your mouth and nose. When coughing or sneezing, be sure to cover your mouth and nose to prevent the spread of germs to your surroundings.
  6. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are frequently spread when a person touches their eyes, nose or mouth after touching something that has been contaminated with germs.
  7. Stay home when you are sick. The best way to prevent spreading your germs is to stay home until you feel better whenever possible.
  8. Practice good housekeeping. Clean and disinfect surfaces in your home like light switches, door knobs and countertops regularly, especially when someone is ill.
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