Keeping your mind and body healthy this flu season

As we enter into the new year, we are also transitioning to flu season. Though getting sick can sometimes be inevitable, there are a few steps toward preventing the contraction of the common cold.

Get vaccinated

The Monterey County Health Department is offering free flu vaccines and participating locations can be found online at vaccinefinder.org. Students can also call the Campus Health Center for more information on pricing and availability of vaccinations on campus.

Wash your hands frequently

Whether you just used the restroom, shook someone’s hand or touched a communal object, remember to wash your hands. Germs can be easily transferred this way and you may not realize the number of things you touch throughout a day.

Avoid contact of your eyes and mouth with your fingers

Similarly, keep your hands away from other vulnerable areas of the body. Only rub your eyes with freshly-washed hands and try not to bite your nails, as whatever was on your hands have now made their way into your mouth.

Stay well-rested

One of the most important things to do while sick or trying to prevent becoming sick is remaining rested. Go to sleep at a decent time and aim for an average of eight hours of sleep per night, also refrain from extreme amounts of physical exertion.

Use caution when in public

Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough, sanitize frequently and consider wearing a surgical face mask when in a densely-populated area such as Disneyland or the airport.

Keep your body healthy

A well-balanced diet can improve your immune system and prevent you from getting sick as easily. Try to incorporate lots of fruits and vegetables, as well as fluids of any kind and vitamin C.

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