Your best defense


Wash your hands

This is the number one technique and is so crucial in stopping catching a cold or flu. Almost all cold and flu viruses are spread by direct contact. Anyone who has a cold or flu sneezes onto their hand, and then they start touching objects like a door knob, a telephone, computer or knife and fork or a glass. The virus can live for hours and even much longer only to be transferred to the next person who touches the same object. So wash your hands often, or wipe them with alcohol wipes or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Don't touch

Most of us touch our eyes, nose and mouth often and it is such a habit that we do it automatically and we do not notice our selves doing it. Before the cold and flu season arrives try stopping this behavior, you might be surprised at how often you touch your face. If you wash your hands and stop touching your face you are well on the way of avoiding many colds and flu.

Wear a mask?

This works but not for the reason that the mask stops the virus, as the virus is so small they can pass through a mask easily. They work because they stop the wearer touching their mouth, nose or eyes. So maybe if you don't have the discipline to stop touching your face, wearing a mask could be beneficial.


Use tissues instead of a handkerchief and once you have used the tissue, dispose of it as soon as you have used it.


Use Palogard in the autumn so your body is prepared to fight off any cold or flu virus during the winter peak of colds and flu.

Flu vaccine

There are many who use this and many who refuse to use this prevention. Up to you and there are plenty of opinions on its use on the internet.


Daily exercise to keep your body healthy. This means usually getting outside into the fresh air and away from stuffy rooms where others who have a cold or flu will happily share the virus with you. Good sleep is just as important as exercise

Good diet

Eat dark green, red, and yellow vegetables and fruits. A daily cup of low fat yogurt is also recommended, some studies suggest a dramatic decrease in colds

Improve your health

Stress from too much work, bad job, bad relationships all decrease your ability to fight off colds and flu. If possible try and reduce your stress levels to improve your health.

Don't smoke

Smokers are more likely to catch colds.


Drink less and avoid binge drinking


Some studies have shown two saunas a week saw a big reduction in colds. Its thought the hot air inhaled is too for the cold and flu virus.

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