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Survive the 2013-14 Cold and Flu Season With These Preventative Tips!


The 2013-14 cold and flu season has begun, with the peak expected to arrive in January or February. A flu shot remains the best way to ward off sickness, but it is not foolproof, making boosting your immune system and avoiding germs in general important tools for staying healthy. We have written about exactly that leading up to the season. Revisit the many posts in this roundup.

Boost Your Immune System

Think of your immune system as the security guard for your body. A strong guard will keep out germs that make you sick, while a weak one will let bugs enter at will. Boost it by eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Getting a good night’s sleep also works wonders for your operating system. Read more in How to Boost Your Immune System During Cold and Flu Season.

Don’t Avoid the Break Room. Clean it!

Dr. Charles Gerba performed a study for Kimberly-Clark, makers of Kleenex and other products. In it, he found that the break room at most offices teems with germs. The worst offenders? The handles for the sink, microwave door and refrigerator door. Water fountain buttons also showed high levels of contamination. In this post, we offer tips on how to sanitize the break room and other areas of your office to cut down on the risk of contamination during cold and flu season. Read more in 7 Dirtiest Places in the Office and How to Get Them Clean.

Practice These Habits to Keep Germs to Yourself

Some jobs make it impossible to stay home sick. Your co-workers would prefer you not come into the office when coughing or sneezing, but if you must, follow our advice on how to avoid infecting everyone. Wash your hands often and sanitize your office, for example. Need a reminder on how to best wash your hands? Use warm water, soap and hum the “Happy Birthday” song twice from start to finish. Read more in How to Stop Spreading Germs at Work During Cold/Flu Season.

Sanitize Your Office Tools

Keeping your keyboard, computer monitor, and mouse clean proves especially important if you share a desk with another shift. Even if you don’t, keep these items you touch on a regular basis clean with specialty sanitizing. We run down how to get to even the gunk underneath your keyboard keys. Hint: compressed air and tweezers. Read more in Office Cleaning Tips: How to Clean a Keyboard, Computer Monitor and Mouse.

Sanitize Your Home, Too

Those whom you share office space with may prefer you to stay home, but that just means more germs for family members to fight off. Reduce their risk of getting what you have by sanitizing your living space and keeping as many germs to yourself as possible. For example, keep tissues handy so you can cover your face when a sneezing or coughing fit hits and instruct others to wash their hands often until the sickness passes. Read more in How to Keep Your Home Sanitized During Flu Season.

At some point, you may simply feel too sick to keep the house as clean as it should be during a flu outbreak. Our cleaning experts are more than willing to come in and sanitize your home. We also tackle offices.

Watch This Video

The Frugalicious Show, with help from wellness expert Melissa Cassera, offers additional tips on how to stay health during the winter months. For example, regularly sanitize your purse or handbag and replace your toothbrush. Also, keep your hand out of the office candy jar, which serves as an incubator for germs and bacteria because of the many hands grabbing for candy. Enjoy.