Common Sense advice to avoid colds and flu

It’s been said that common sense isn’t so common anymore.  I was pleased to see the following article on common sense steps to avoid colds and the flu.  http://www.intelihealth.com/news/fda-shares-advice-to-avoid-colds-and-flu?level=0

I think many of us know the basics…wash your hands frequently and avoid contact with infected persons.  But many of us may not realize the role a balanced diet, adequate sleep, regular exercise, and stress avoidance also play in avoiding colds and the flu

The FDA also recommends minimizing alcohol and caffeine intake, and carefully reading the directions before taking any over the counter medication.

As a Respiratory Therapist, I have seen all too often the impact colds and the flu can play on those with existing lung diseases like asthma and COPD.  The flu alone accounts for over 200,000 hospital visits each year and thousands of death.  Let’s hope that the FDAs common sense advice can help reduce those sobering numbers.

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