How to get through cold and flu season without getting sick

Mahkayla Perrin, staff writer

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People miss days from school and work because of the flu or even a cold which can be prevented. There are many ways to being ill this year but here is a three step list to staying healthy this year.

The first step is to get a flu shot. Although the flu shot isn’t 100 percent effective, if someone does end up getting the flu it can make the symptoms less severe and can even shorten the course of the virus.

The second step is to thoroughly wash hands. A study was conducted on school kids in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan. During the study, four hand washing breaks were scheduled every day, and this was found to reduce the average number of student sick days. According to the CDC, “lathering up with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is the best way to get rid of germs.”

The third and last step is to try to set a reasonable time to go to bed. Rest provides the body with time to heal itself. While adults need between 7 to 9 hours, children and teens need even more to have a healthy immune system to function at their best. Keeping a good, consistent sleeping schedule is a key factor in staying away from a cold and the flu.

If you haven’t gotten your flu shot be sure you get it, also be sure to wash your hands and set a reasonable bed time so you don’t get the flu or cold.