Stay healthy

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 8, 2007

It’s cold and flu season and that means it’s time for a few reminders on staying healthy this season.

Here’s a few tips from experts:

& Wash your hands.

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The most important thing you can do to prevent most any illness is to wash your hands frequently. Washing hands reduces the risk of transmission of viruses and bacteria. If you can’t wash your hands, use hand sanitizer. Keep it handy.

& Call in sick. Contact with sick co-workers greatly increases your risk of catching a cold or flu. If you are contagious, don’t go in. Supervisors should make this clear. It’s much better for one person to be out than to infect an office full of workers.

The same goes for your children. If your child has a fever, don’t take them to school.

& Drink eight glass of water a day.

& Eat balanced meals.

& Keep your workspace clean.

& Get a flu shot. According to experts, the traditional and nasal flu vaccines are the best way to prevent the flu.

Although not 100 percent effective, the flu shot provides very good protection against the influenza virus. A few groups of people should always get a flu shot. Complications from the flu just aren’t worth the risk of not getting the vaccine.

There are two upcoming opportunities to get a flu shot, Oct. 12 and Oct. 23 at the Dallas County Health Department.

Be prepared for this season and stay healthy.