As COLD-FXers, we know how important it is to treat cold and flu symptoms and keep ourselves, and our loved ones, healthy. It’s not fun being sick, but it feels worse when you’ve learned your sickness has spread to someone else. Sometimes we need to be reminded of just how easily cold and flu viruses spread to others.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “most experts believe flu viruses spread mainly by tiny droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby.” This means that by simply talking to a friend when we’re sick, we could risk spreading our germs!

Remember to get your flu shot if you haven’t already.

Flu vaccines are a good way to protect everyone against flu germs. In fact, children as young as six months of age should get their flu shot every year. Flu shots don’t only protect you against flu germs, but they protect against risk of, that can accompany some major flu spells. Getting your flu shot protects more than just your health, but the health of your loved ones, co-workers and neighbours as well.

Wash your hands like a doctor!

Alan Pocinki, MD., who practices internal medicine at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC., says washing your hands is the best way to protect against flu germs. Most know this, however, many of us aren’t washing our hands effectively. When washing your hands, make sure you’re using soap and water and scrub vigorously up to your wrists, in between your fingers, and under your finger nails. You should also spend at least 20 seconds scrubbing. A simple way to ensure you’re washing your hands long enough is to sing “Happy Birthday” twice in your head.

Keep COLD-FX on hand!

This one is a given for COLD-FXers, but if you’ve gotten your flu shot, and you’re washing your hands properly but still feeling those cold and flu symptoms, you always have COLD-FX® First Signs® to get you back in the game! COLD-FX® First Signs® helps to relieve symptoms of sore throat, fever, cough, headache, runny nose and fatigue. And if you’re having a healthy cold and flu season, pass the COLD-FX® Daily Support line up forward to family and friends, so they can share in the healthy season!