Use these six innovative tips to sniffle-proof your whole family.
p>This isn't just the start of holiday season; it's germ season as well. That's why many of us will be hacking away and looking a lot like Rudolph before winter is over. "The average adult gets one to three respiratory illnesses each year, and women, especially if they're moms, tend to catch even more," says Charles Gerba, an environmental microbiologist at the University of Arizona and coauthor of The Germ Freak's Guide to Outwitting Colds and Flu.
So how can you avoid getting sick? You already know you need to eat right, exercise and get enough sleep. And yes, you should get a flu shot now, even if you received one last year (visit FluClinicLocator.org to find out where you can get the vaccine near you). But don't stop there. Here are six surprising ways to help stay healthy and keep you and your family sniffle-free all season long:
1. Fill up on fiber.
2. Get your dose of D.
3. Fend off the flu with sex.
4. Avoid the worst germ hot-spots.
5. Choose the right cleaning products.
6. Wash, wash and wash some more.
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