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April 15, 2014

Cold and flu prevention: 7 helpful tips

Once again this year, cold and flu season will soon come knocking at our door. We can never stress this enough: preventing infections is your best defence against illnesses of all kinds, from the most benign to the most unpleasant.

Cold and flu basics: Did you know?

  • There are close to 200 viruses that can cause the common cold, making it virtually impossible to develop a vaccine.
  • You never catch the same cold or flu twice. Each time you get a cold or the flu, it is always due to a different virus.
  • Children get 6 to 10 colds a year.
  • When someone sneezes, the virus is propelled into the air at a speed of 150 km/hr.
  • Once present on a surface, viruses can survive approximately 48 hours.

7 cold- and flu-busting strategies 

For the reasons mentioned above and to save yourself a lot of aches and pain associated with such viral illnesses, try using the following cold- and flu-fighting strategies.

  1. Adopt a healthy lifestyle to support your immune system. This includes:
    • A healthy diet
    • Exercise
    • Sufficient sleep
    • Quitting smoking
    • Moderate consumption of alcohol
  2. Get your annual flu shot.
  3. Wash your hands often.
  4. Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.
  5. Avoid touching your nose, mouth or eyes after contact with a contaminated surface or object.
  6. Avoid contact with infected persons.
  7. Stay home when you are sick.

Pharmacy services

Do you have questions about cold and flu prevention? Need symptom-relief tips that really work? Talk to your family pharmacist for valuable information and advice.

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