How to Avoid the Flu: 8 Easy Ways to Not Get Sick

By Jeannine Stein
Jeannine Stein
Jeannine Stein
October 9, 2015 Updated: January 30, 2016

Here’s how to avoid the flu this flu season—and make the season safer for others as well. 

Scrub, Scrub, Scrub

Soap and water. (ceazars/iStock)

The simple act of washing your hands with soap and water, and washing them frequently, goes a long way in avoiding flu germs. 


Hands Off

Good advise. (VladimirFLoyd/iStock)

It’s best to make a conscious effort to keep your hands away from your face.


Rules for School

Sing the happy birthday song at the same time, it will make the small hands cleaner. (HughStoneIan/iStock)

Teach your kids about the importance of washing their hands, and the right way to do it. 


Go to Bed

Great reason to spend more time in bed. (shironosov/iStock)

Getting enough sleep is a big part of keeping your immune system healthy.


Work It Out

We heard that one before. (Crdjan.iStock)

Those who are healthy and exercise the most were less likely to get a cold. 


Cover Up

Huh.., huh.. (AlexRaths/iStock)

If you don’t have time to grab a tissue, bend your arm and let it fly into your upper sleeve or elbow—not in your hands. 


Giving Care and Taking Care

(Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images)
No kisses, please. (Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images)

Avoid getting up close and person with the sick person as much as possible—so sorry, no good-night kisses.


Surface Treatment

Clean, clean, clean. (Thinkstock)

Germs can live on inanimate surfaces for a few minutes up to 48 hours or more. 


This article was originally published on, Oct 8, 2015. Read the complete article here.