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How to Avoid the Flu & Common Cold November 21, 2019

How to Avoid the Flu & Common Cold, Bronx, New York

In the fall and winter, family doctors and urgent care facilities see numerous patients exhibiting cold- and flu-like symptoms. When family members and co-workers get sick, taking extra precautions are highly recommended to avoid contracting the same condition. Here’s how to reduce your risks of catching a cold or the flu. 

4 Tips for Avoiding the Flu & Common Cold

1. Stay Rested

A key component to a healthy body and mind is getting sufficient sleep each night. This is particularly important during the flu season. Get at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night. Recent studies have found that only 18% of individuals who get this much sleep catch colds, whereas 39% of adults who only sleep five to six hours per night are likely to get sick

2. Wash Your Hands

Family DoctorThe simple practice of washing your hands frequently is your best line of defense for resisting cold and flu germs. Clean your hands with soap and warm water throughout the day and anytime you come into contact with loved ones or colleagues who are under the weather.

To ensure you kill any bacteria and germs on your hands, lather them with soap for at least 20 seconds before rinsing. Also, resist the urge to touch your face, as you can easily transfer germs to your mouth, nose, or eyes. 

3. Eat a Healthy Diet

Your immune system defends your body against germs and viruses. During the flu and cold season, find ways to improve your immunity. A healthy diet that’s rich in fresh fruits and vegetables will fuel your body and increase your defenses. Also, reduce your alcohol intake and avoid smoking. 

4. Maintain a Clean Environment

Did you know that viruses such as the flu can live on dry surfaces for months? As a result, maintaining a clean environment in your home, car, and office is crucial to staying healthy. Regularly sanitize counters, doorknobs, appliances, keyboards, touchscreen devices, and desks to avoid catching a virus. 


Are you looking for a compassionate family doctor that provides a wide range of services, including urgent care and lifestyle recommendations? HDR Healthcare Network has you covered. With multiple medical centers throughout the Bronx, New York City residents can depend on this network of health care providers for affordable, year-round service. To schedule an appointment with a family doctor, call (929) 256-5005. 

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