- If you haven’t done so already, get your seasonal flu shot. Everyone 6 months of age or older should get the flu shot each year to protect themselves and their loved ones from the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommends the shot for children younger than 5, adults 50 and older, pregnant women and those with medical conditions, as they are at high risk for developing complications if they catch the flu.
- Wash your hands or use an alcohol- based hand sanitizer. Good hand hygiene reduces the spread of germs. Hand sanitizer also makes a great (and inexpensive) holiday gift for coworkers, friends or family.
- Get regular exercise. Moderate exercise 3–5 times a week has been shown to improve immune function and may reduce your chances of contracting a cold. If you don’t currently have an exercise routine, consider making this an early New Year’s resolution.
May you and your loved ones have a happy and healthy 2015!