As the temperatures get colder and the holiday season approaches, we tend to congregate indoors more frequently, making it easy for germs to pass from one person to another. Keep these tips in mind to reduce your chances of kicking off the holiday season with the flu. 


  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water vigorously for 20 seconds, paying special attention to your cuticles and beneath your finger nails
  • Use separate personal items at home such as utensils, glasses, plates, and towels
  • Don’t touch your face
  • Get regular aerobic exercise
  • Get vaccinated. To find out if the flu vaccine is right for you, click here.

If despite your best efforts you do end up getting sick, keep the following in mind to avoid spreading germs to others:  

  • Contain your coughs and sneezes by using a tissue or the crook of your elbow
  • Stay at home until symptoms resolve or you are on antibiotics for 24 hours
  • Throw away toothbrushes
  • Do not kiss/touch infants. They are the most susceptible to germs and illnesses