How to relieve cold and flu symptoms safely
Discover tips for using medicines safely, cold and flu symptom remedies, and useful ways to avoid germs.
Try these simple steps to avoid catching (and spreading) cold and flu germs:
Wash your hands
Avoid getting a cold or the flu by washing your hands regularly with soap. If there is no water, use a hand sanitizer that contains alcohol.
Consider getting a flu shot
For additional protection, talk to your healthcare professional about getting a flu vaccine.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Avoid close contact with others to avoid spreading your germs.
Disinfect solid surfaces
Disinfect solid surfaces at your work and home (for example, door knobs, TV remotes, and phones). Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Use disposable products
Switch to disposable products until you get better to stop the spread of germs. Paper towels instead of cloth ones, for example, can come in handy.