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Cold and Flu Prevention

They’re called cold sores and fever blisters for a reason: when your immune system is compromised, you’re more susceptible to an outbreak. So when you feel a cold, fever, or the flu coming on, take the right precautions.

Here are some steps to help avoid an outbreak during cold season:

Get vaccinated

It’s the best way to avoid the flu. If you’re not into shots, there are also nasal-spray vaccinations available. Talk to your doctor about what’s right for you.

Be germ conscious

Before touching your mouth, eyes, or nose, wash your hands. While you’re at it, avoid sharing utensils, glasses, and anything else you might touch with your mouth.

Stop smoking

Smoking destroys the ability of your nose and lungs to filter contaminants out of the body, which makes you more susceptible to getting sick. To stay healthy, talk to your doctor about quitting.

Eat for immunity

Sticking to a healthy diet can boost your immunity during cold season. Incorporate foods that are rich in vitamins A, C, and E, such as milk, citrus fruits, vegetables, nuts, and eggs.

Give your body time to repair

Lack of sleep and high levels of stress can lower your body’s defense against colds and the flu. To improve immune functioning, be sure to get enough sleep and manage your stress.