Three tips to help prevent winter colds and flu



No one wants to go through the long winter months feeling tired, worn out and sick all the time. But for many families with school-aged children, that's exactly how the average cold and flu season goes. Follow these simple, common sense strategies to keep everyone in your household healthier (and happier) as the new year unfolds. 

Make sure everyone gets a flu shot

Getting a seasonal flu shot is the best way to protect yourself from the flu, and the same goes for everyone in your family who is over six months old. While getting your flu shot by November helps ensure you are protected throughout the season, it's never too late to get a flu shot. Here you will find useful content.

Wash your hands well often

While cold and flu germs can float through the air on the invisible droplets of a sneeze or uncovered cough, you're more likely to pick them up from an infected surface. To get rid of unwanted cold and flu germs before they enter your body, wash your hands well before eating, after using the bathroom, and whenever you get home.  

Get enough sleep

Getting enough sleep each night is an easy way to boost immune system function and strengthen your natural defences against infection - a well-rested body is better placed to resist disease than one that is tired, worn out or otherwise exhausted. While most adults need seven to eight hours of sleep each night, children need 10 to 14 hours of rest (including naps), depending on their age.