Resist the urge. Little habits -- touching eyes, putting finger to nose, biting nails -- give the flu virus a welcome mat into your system. A day or two later, when the first signs of flu hit you, you'll wonder -- how did I get the flu? When avoiding the flu, you've got to resist those habits.
"These are bad habits for many people," says Robert Schwartz, MD, chairman of family medicine at the University of Miami School of Medicine. "But they are the main way a virus gets into your system, via the...
The CDC recommends that everyone older than 6 months get a flu vaccine every year, too.
You may also be prone to throat trouble if you have allergies or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Getting treated for these problems can usually lower the number of sore throats you get, so talk to your doctor.