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Readers Respond: Your Ideas for Avoiding Cold and Flu Germs

Responses: 23


Updated April 15, 2009

No one can avoid colds and the flu all the time, but you can do many things to cut down on the number of illnesses you get. The number one way to cut down on the spread of germs is to wash your hands. But you can try many other measures as well. Do you have some ideas you would like to share? We aren't looking for medication-related ideas, just ideas that we can all use to help avoid those pesky cold and flu germs. Share Your Tips

Good luck!

You really can't avoid the flu/cold virus. Your best bet is to get plenty of rest and just let your immune system do its job. We will all be exposed to the whatever is going around unless we live in a bubble.
—Guest Denise

daycare provider

I hate getting sick because if i can't work alot of people are affected by that. My doctor told me this nasty influenza is in the air so i bought so oust and i sprayed last year because i didn't want the little ones sick and i couldn't believe it no one else got sick so now i spray during the winter months everyday and it makes a big difference .. Yes, washing of hands helps alot. Keep germs away..
—Guest gwen

how to avoid jerms

I take the bus and train every day i dont like to hold on to the handle bars but when i do i use hand sanitizers after each ride. It a small cheap bottle that i keep in my pocket all the time. You should sanitize your hands after a bus or a train ride or if you finished shaking some ones hands. This helps alot.
—Guest natalie

Wash on, Wash off..

I don't know many kids (including myself) who would be a big hand washer, if not even asked to! What kid would? They have more important things to do. Even as I grew older and was in my mid-'30s, I never "got it," thus I was getting sick a lot. I don't think I was conscious, about the hand washing trick. It's funny to use the word "trick" but I seriously can't think of another name right now! lol. So, I started working as a cashier at a large store, a local grocery store. The hours of my job was perfect b/c my kids, who were in middle school at the time, and would, only be home for a very short time w/o me.. It worked out well. They say money is dirty and I can't agree more! After I quit that job, I kept remembering the washing. I use anti-bacterial foaming. I wash my hands at least 7x day. I know it sounds a lol but I haven't had the common cold or the flu. I'm getting a flu shot this year but normally I don't and I never get it.. Ever since Anti-BAK foaming, my hnds are sterile :)

Peroxide and tea

All you have to do is gargle peroxide and drink some tea. It also helps if you sanitize your hands and room/bathroom with hand sanitizer and Lysol. Take showers regularly ( which you probably all ready do) and keep clean. Avoid hugs and kisses with loved ones and make sure to get a good nights sleep!
—Guest Kylie

Drink alot of water, proper diet

It is important to mind your immunity even before you get sick. Eating good food with enough fruits and vegetables, drinking enough water, taking less sugar and exercising enough will build your immunity. Avoiding sick people is good but it is not enough some germs are just in the air and if your immunity is so weak, they may be enough to cause an infection. Mind your immunity
—Guest Innocent Byaruhanga


The most common method of getting the flu virus is getting it on your fingers, then rubbing your fingers on your eyes, mouth, or nose. So wash your hands, and avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose. If you must touch your face, wash first or use a Kleenex.
—Guest Chris


I agree with Guest Lynne - stay away from sick people if you can and if you've the nerve, ban the from your house. Unfortunately, the members of this family seem to think it's great to share, so as soon as they have a cold or feel poorly, they MUST come and share it - sadly, they live only only a few yards away so it's not as thought they've got far to travel. I stay away from the as much as possible, but when it's a new member... its hard :{and that's how I came to be in the state I'm in now! :/ ) I do take zinc and vit C when I start to feel weird, and it usually works, but sometimes the germ is stronger. This one's really nasty, can't eat, can't sleep, and the cough can't decide if it's tickly or chesty. Oh joy....
—Guest Julie

Mouth Wash

Mix Peroxide and Mouth wash half & half in a spray bottle, and gargle 1-2 times per day every day. This will keep the germs out of your system all year long. Doctor approved!
—Guest Foxygrandma

Care, don't share

NEVER drink after anyone, sick or not. You never know when your body is carrying the cold or flu bug. Make it a practice to never drink after your children or anyone else.
—Guest South todd IA

clean your bathroom

I use a bleach disinfectant and i use that all over my bathroom and let it set and kill the germs for a while on surfaces that won't be wrecked and so far it seems to work!
—Guest Bailey

cold flu

1.keep the environment clean. 2.wash hands before eating. 3.keep utensils clean after using 4.cover all eating things 5.wash our mouth and hands many time a day 6.increase our immune power by eating healthy and simple food.7.cover nose before sneezing.
—Guest kamran khalid

avoid mass foods

I avoid putting my hands into big bowls of chips, popcorn, etc. and if I see someone double dip in the onion dip, I avoid the dip at all costs!
—Guest aboutstacey

Lots and Lots of Hand Sanitizer

I always carry a bottle of hand sanitizer in my purse and make my kids sanitize their hands before we eat out at a restaurant. Also, when people come over for a party I avoid large bowls of chips or other snacks that everyone puts their hands into.

Smiles Not Handshakes and Hugs

Since you can't always tell who is sick or has been around sick people recently I avoid physical contact during the cold and flu season. No handshakes or hugs if it can be avoided. But I don't want to appear unfriendly so I give lots of smiles, waves, and other friendly gestures. To keep people from taking it personally I may say something about it being cold & flu season and I don't want to unknowingly pass around any germs -- said with a smile of course. It works 99% of the time. A few people take offense at not being able to grab you and slobber on your cheek whenever they want but I try to avoid them even when there's not anything going around!!! LOL
—Guest Tammy

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