On guard: Prevent the flu with simple steps

11:52 AM, Jan 12, 2013   |    comments
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The trick to not getting the flu is staying one step ahead. Prevention is key, but what are the best ways?

  • Instead of shaking hands with your friends, be a pal and give an "elbow-bump."
  • You might not always have the ability to wash your hands with soap, but using hand sanitizer will kill most germs. The trick is making sure you have a hand sanitizer that has the doctor recommended 60 percent alcohol, not the lower grade 10 percent.

And what about products like "Halo" that claims to be like hand sanitizer for your mouth?

"I don't know if it will completely prevent flu, what it's going to do perhaps is decrease those viral particles that are able to invade and stick onto the surface," says Dr. Leanne Chrisman.

Chrisman says the same ingredient found in Halo is also found in most mouthwashes. Keep in mind, these are all best for cold germs. The flu virus is a little tougher.


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