There are several things you can do to minimize your chances of catching a cold, the flu and COVID-19.
- Get a flu shot annually. That applies for everyone over six months of age, including pregnant women.
- Get a COVID-19 vaccine or booster, if you’re eligible.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water. Test your handwashing knowledge with our quiz!
- Cough into your elbow instead of your hands.
- Get adequate sleep.
- Drink lots of fluids.
- Maintain good nutrition.
- If you catch a cold, the flu or COVID-19, stay home. Give your body a chance to recover and minimize exposing those around you.
When to see your medical provider
While it’s usually not necessary to see a doctor or take antibiotics for routine viral infections like colds or the flu, sometimes medical attention is needed. Schedule an appointment with your provider or visit an urgent care if you are dehydrated, wheezing, short of breath, have unusual or prolonged symptoms, or a fever of 105 degrees or more.
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