7 Ways to Avoid Getting Sick

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When colds, the flu, and other bugs come knocking, keep yourself protected. Here are seven ways to help avoid getting sick. Don't share stuff you put in or on your mouth. We're talking about things like toothbrushes, water bottles, and silverware.

Steer clear of secondhand smoke. Breathing it in will get you sick more easily. Do your best to keep your hands off your eyes, nose, and mouth. Avoid people who are under the weather. They won't hold it against you.

But if you're living with one, disinfect surfaces everyone in the home touches. Wash your hands. A lot. Scrub for 20 seconds with soap and water. And get the flu vaccine once a year. Ideally, by the end of October. But it can still be helpful, even if you get it later. Make these tips a habit. And don't forget to eat healthy, exercise, and get enough sleep too.