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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

5 Easy Ways to Prevent Colds and the Flu

There are several contagious diseases like the common cold, strep throat, and flu that seem to spread and easily infect others. That is because colds and the flu are caused by viruses, and strep throat is caused by bacteria. Both viruses and bacteria are easily spread from one person to another. But here are 5 ways to prevent colds and the flu.

5 ways to prevent colds and flu

According to The Joint Commission, the largest health care accrediting body in the U.S., you can prevent the spread of infection by taking these 5 precautions.

#1 - Wash your hands: Washing hands regularly can prevent infection. Wash thoroughly for 15 seconds or more using soap and warm water and scrubbing under the nails and even the back of hands. Wash before eating, after using the bathroom, or after touching things that might contain germs.

#2 - Remind health care providers to use gloves: Doctors, nurses, dentists, and other health care providers usually wear gloves, but if they don't, remind them. It's OK to tell them you prefer they wear gloves.

#3 - Cover mouth and nose: This is one your mother probably taught you. Germs from sneezes and coughs can travel 3 feet or more, so always cover your mouth and nose to prevent infection from spreading to others.

#4 - If you're sick, stay home: Do others a favor. If you are sick, stay away from other people and don't touch them.

#5 - Get vaccinated: Vaccinations prevent diseases such as mumps, measles, chicken pox, hepatitis, meningitis, flu, shingles, pneumonia and more. Stay current with your vaccinations in order to prevent the spread of these diseases.
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