7 Tips to Prevent Cold and Flu

Knock on wood, no-one in my immediate household has gotten that nasty cold and flu going around, yet. It seems like this bug is knocking people down left, right, and centre. With each school day and after school activity, there’s always at least one person missing, fallen ill. One of our extended family members did, and she was sick for the better part of a month!

When it comes to colds and flu, I don’t have time for that. I can’t imagine trying to do everything I do on a daily basis, sick, especially for weeks at a time. No way!

Added to this is the staggering facts that approximately 12,000 Canadians will be hospitalized this year because their flu will be so severe, and approximately 3,500 Canadians will die from the flu. So, it’s more than just an inconvenience!

My plan of action against the dreaded cold and flu, is to prevent it as much as I can. It’s become one of my main missions this season.

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7 Tips to Prevent Cold and Flu

1. Wash Your Hands – Proper hand washing is something that is lectured into us at such a young age, but it’s so important. We touch countless items {and germs} each day with our hands, and to completely get rid of that bacteria and viruses, we must exercise proper hand washing. So, practice what you preach and sing ‘Happy Birthday while you scrub with soap, and don’t forget between the fingers and under your nails. When soap and water isn’t available, use and alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

2. Keep your Distance – This one is just common sense. As much as possible, stay clear from those who have colds and flu, such as those who are sneezing and coughing. Just one sneeze can travel at about 100 miles per hour, and a single sneeze can send 100,000 germs into the air. Sometimes it’s hard if it’s someone who lives in the same house, yet even then you can develop a mock-quarantine situation and limit exposure to others and common areas of the home. When someone in your home is ill, don’t forget to sanitize areas to avoid spreading, like doorknobs and light switches.

3. Sleep Soundly – Getting enough sleep each night is critical to your immune system and your ability to fight off bacteria and germs. Simply put, when your body is tired, it can’t fight as hard. If you start feeling under the weather, increase your rest and sleep, and you just might fight whatever is trying to take hold.

4. Healthy Diet – Like sleep, a proper nutrition including all the essential vitamins and nutrients also supports your immune system. Stock up on those fruits and vegetables and don’t forget to drink the recommended amount of water, which helps the kidneys function properly and flushes out the toxins that accumulate in our bodies.

5. Exercise – To enhance your immune system, get your exercise-on! Exercise boosts alertness, the general mood, and decreases stress – and, you are more likely to become ill when stressed compared to when you’re not.

6. Keep Warm – Not just a parental tale to convince kids to dress properly, being cold causes shivering which depresses the immune system. This combined with lack of sunlight this time of year {thus lower serotonin} negatively affects how the immune system performs. So, bundle up when that temperature dips!

7. Get your Flu Shot – While this is last on the list, getting a flu shot is actually the #1 thing you can do to prevent the flu. In fact, 70-90% of flu cases can be averted through vaccination. The flu vaccine in Canada contains 3 or 4 different influenza strains, helping to reduce the severity of flu illness.

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Since the flu season typically occurs from November to March or April, NOW is the best time to get the flu shot. Getting your annual flu shot is easy – Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies offer flu immunizations administered by an injection-certified pharmacist, without an appointment! 

Simply check the hours of operation for any Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada {except Quebec}, and stop by at your leisure. 


Disclosure: I am compensated for my part in the #SDMFluFighters program, all opinions are my own.




  1. I do the usual things – try to get a good night’s sleep, wash hands often, drink orange juice.

  2. I get my flu shot every year, wash my hands often, take vitamins and try to avoid people who already have a cold/cough/or flu.

  3. We get flu shots, wash our hands a lot, drink lots of water, eat healthy food and get lots of sleep!

  4. To prevent colds and flu I wash my hands often..keep away from sick friends and get plenty of sleep

  5. We take many of the precautions that you mention and are thankful that we have good immune systems 🙂

  6. I am really careful to wash my hands as often as I can, and mindful not to touch my face!

  7. I usually take some echinacea and Emer-C to help my immune system kill off the bugs!

  8. I wash my hands frequently and encourage my grandkids to as well. I also get a flu shot every year.

  9. I do the regular things like lots of handwashing, flu shots, extra vitamins, trying to eat healthy and if possible avoiding sick people.

  10. I take Vitamin D daily. I find it really has helped cut down the amount of colds I get!

  11. I like to eat 3 cloves a garlic a day and use lots of hand sanitizer and washing my hands lots to help prevent colds!!

  12. As a nurse, I know the importance of frequent handwashing ! And getting my flu shot

  13. Always have a flu shot at Shoppers every year,take LB vitamins,lots of water & wash hands always to rid germs

  14. I get a flu shot, wash my hands a lot, try not to touch too many unnecessary surfaces (e.g. railings on stairs and escalators), and don’t share drinks and bites of food.

  15. This autumn has been tougher on us that usual, but we have maintained great handwashing. Now, if only we could get more rest and no stress.

  16. I make sure to have lots of vitamin C like fresh squeezed orange juice. Drink lots of fluids, get good amount of rest and exercise.

  17. I take Vitamin D2 and D3, B-Complex, Magnesium, Vitamin C, Potassium, one tablespoonful of Pink Himalayan salt sole, and one tablespoon of coconut oil and colloidal silver solution. I start my day with half a lemon or lime sliced into a 10 oz glass of water plus a half teaspoon of baking soda.
    I’m an anti-vaxxer, so NO flu shots for me or my family.

  18. I don’t do anything out of the ordinary but take care of myself by getting plenty of rest, managing stress and washing hands often

  19. I wash my hands, drink plenty of fluids, get enough sleeps! But that wasn’t enough, I caught my granddaughters cold flu.

  20. Wash hands when possible or hand sanitizer. I also clean the computers and workstation at college before use. Taking my vitamins and a balance diet helps too ????

  21. To help prevent the cold and flu I take a multi-vitamin daily to boost my immune system.

  22. Regular handwashing or sanitizer use, lots of Vitamin C, proper rest, exercise and diet.

  23. I dress for the weather, in layers, eat fresh produce and meat daily, take my vitamin c & d, plenty of fluids

  24. I try to prevent getting the flu by taking vitamin c every day, washing my hands often and getting adequate rest

  25. I wash my hands, a lot! I also try to keep hydrated & I try to eat as many fresh fruits & veggies as I would in the summer. I know if I eat like crap my body starts to feel run down.

  26. Lots of water, vitamin c and put some oil of oregano on the bottom of your feet before bed with socks wake up feelin better.

  27. To prevent getting a cold and/or the flu my family makes sure to drink lots of water, wash our hands often, take our daily vitamin, sneeze in our sleeves, covering our mouths when we cough and we get our yearly flu shot

  28. The best thing and easiest thing I do to prevent the flu/cold is wash my hands. And I wash them often. Plus I keep them away from my face.

  29. During cold and flu season, we try to prevent it by being very diligent with washing our hands.

  30. I keep a hand sanitizer on me and in the car, and i eat garlic and healthy foods to boost my immune system

  31. What we do, to prevent cold and flu is wash hands often,eat healthy and proper rest !

  32. I try to get more sleep – some nights it works, and some nights it’s laughable 🙂

  33. I wash my hands often, get plenty of sleep, and try to eat properly to keep from getting sick.

  34. I regularly disinfect common areas of the home where germs can easily spread such as doorknobs, taps and drawer handles – often forgotten! Thanks for the chance to win!

  35. To prevent the flu I take a lot of vitamin C and D. I also drink a ton of lemon water and try hard to eat healthily.Washing my hands frequently is a must also.

  36. constantly wash my hands, stay away from people who are sick, take vitamin C, and “try” to rest up. I also always super bundle up when going outside.

  37. Using hand sanitizer, hand washing, & consistantly cleaning surfaces with antibacterial wipes

  38. I wash my hands all the time and use hand sanitizer when I can’t. I also try to avoid sick people as much as possible!

  39. It would be great to win a Flu Fighters Prize Pack.
    In response to your question of
    What do you do to prevent cold and flu?
    I wash my hands regularly,i take vitamin c tablets
    and i try to stay away from people who have colds and flu.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

  40. At work in the group home, we have hand sanitizers in hallways, living room and kitchen. Towel dispensers everywhere. And besides wiping surfaces such as door handles and light switches often. We.also spray Lysol disenfectant as needed.

  41. I try to avoid anyone that is sick and I wash my hands, plus I get my flu shot every year too, and eat healthy

  42. Everyone in my house gets the flu shot and we sanitize commonly touched surfaces daily.

  43. I always take a lot of Echinacea if I feel a cold coming on… it seems to help a lot of the time! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  44. I wash my hands a lot, use hand sanitizer when I’m out shopping, take extra vitamin C during winter months and I cover my cough and sneezes!

  45. I wash my hands frequently and always disinfect when cleaning the house. Getting our flu shot usually helps us keep the flu away.

  46. I use lots of hand sanitizer, eat lots of fresh produce and make sure to wipe down light switches and door knobs everyday

  47. hand sanitizer is always at the ready and while I am out and about I never touch my face with my hands unless I sanitize them first

  48. Wash hands and household surfaces regularly and take vitamins as well as drink plenty of water.

  49. After one really bad bout of cold and flu, my doctor told me this mantra “Water, Watermelon, Wash Your Hands” And since then I think it has really helped to prevent bad cases like that one.

  50. Wash my hands frequently, taking vitamin C and make sure I have enough rest whenever it’s possible

  51. I live life normally. We wash our hands , sanitizer sparingly bc it will kill even the good germs. We also let the sun soak in when it does come out. Tons of vitamin D and C

  52. Washing our hands is the #1 thing in our household! The amount of things little hands touch in a day is ridiculous, and then it all goes to the face!

  53. We try to eat healthy, take zinc and vitamin C, drink lots of water, gets enough sleep and get fresh air and exercise.

  54. To prevent colds and flu we wash our hands often, get lots of rest, eat healthy foods, try to avoid sick people and I clean all the doorknobs and light switches with a disinfecting cleaner on a regular basis.

  55. I use a hand sanitizer in the car after meeting with people for work. I also TRY to get the kids not to touch everything lol

  56. I drink lots of juice with Vitamin C. I can’t say i keep warm because i run outside a lot without jacket in winter. it’s just quick!

  57. To prevent flu in our home we take vitamin c regularly. We also try to stay away from people who have the flu. Other than that we cross our fingers and hope for the best.

  58. Tp prevent cold and flu, I try to remember to take my multivitamins and supplements, and to wash my hands often.

  59. I wash my hands often. Use hand sanitizer. wipe down surfaces and door handles often with Lysol wipes.
    And try to avoid people who have a cold or flu already.

  60. Lots of hand washing and if no soap and sink available, use hand sanitizer. Everyone in my house has their personal one attached to their purse or backpack.

  61. Wash my hands and also use hand sanitizer, drink lots of juice and take Vitamin C tablets.

  62. During cold and flu season, I take vitamin C , and I wash m hands religiously. I volunteer at one of my local hospitals, so proper hand washing hygiene is must.

  63. To prevent cold and flu, I practice proper hand washing, take vitamins, drink lots of water, eat organic fresh foods, and get lots of sleep.

  64. frequent hand washing is the number one easy way to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses

  65. I get plenty of rest, eat well, wash my hands frequently and stay away from people that are sick.

  66. I do take a lot of precautions by getting the flu shot, eating well, taking vitamins, hand washing and getting enough rest. By staying strong and healthy I feel I have less of a chance of catching the flu.

  67. get your flu shot. wash your hands. eat healthy. get enough sleep. stay away from sick people

  68. To try to prevent cold and flu during this season, I wash my hands often, carry antibacterial hand sanitizers in my purse. We also take extra vitamins in the winter, and use air purifiers in the home with u/v germ killers which helps a lot.

  69. I always make chicken rice soup when anyone even sniffles around here! LOL always works!

  70. Try to keep hands washed more often, drink lots of vitamin c, and keeping head warm and covered on those cold days.

  71. What I do to prevent cold and flu is to wash my hands with soap and water when I get home after being out in the public.

  72. I am always making sure everyone in our house is always washing their hands and we have alot of Vitamin C in our diet. Thanks so much for the chance

  73. Eat healthy, lots of citrus fruit, orange juice. Handwashing and when not at home always use antibacterial hand gel. Walk outdoors for exercise.

  74. I am constantly washing my hands. When I am not near a sink, I have a Purex keychain and I will use that A LOT! I cannot risk being sick! I also drink a lot of water and take daily vitamins.

  75. As a nurse, nothing is more important than hand hygiene! Of course, getting plenty of rest and vitamins can help boost your immune system.

  76. Wash, wash, wash our hands. This also makes them very dry so don’t forget to cream up afterwards

  77. We make sure our hands are washed often, our tooth brushes replaced and/or soaked in apple cider vinegar is we feel a cold coming on and staying hydrated too.

  78. I try to make sure not to keep the house too hot as heat will only fuel germs and viruses, whereas the cold usually kills them.
    I try to up my vitamin c and garlic intake as well as get lots of rest and water.

  79. Wash me hands endlessly. We also have hand sanitizer in the car, and at the front door… We use it on entry and exit. This helps stop it it the door, whether it is bringing it home or bringing it out to share with others.

    I have taught my kids to “use a sleeve” to open doors, push shopping carts, pretty much anything out in public. I don’t consider myself a germophobe, but use a public washer room once and observe others habits, and you will change they way you deal with things when out and about.

  80. One of the things I do to prevent cold and flu is to wash my hands regularly. I know this seems like a small thing, but not picking up virus from the world around me keeps me healthy as much as staying hydrated, eating healthy and exercising.

  81. I eat a healthy diet do my very best to keep stress at a minimum and pay good attention to hand washing

  82. I always get my flu shot, make sure I wash my hands all the time and take Vitamin C in the winter.

  83. I take the stairs as often as possible. Not for the exercise, but more so I’m not in close proximity of sick people in an elevator.

  84. We make sure that we always wash our hands in the house. And are always stocked full of orange juice

  85. I haven’t had a cold in about 20 years. I do take immune boosters though, like Chaga (mushroom) tea,minerals are important, glutathione, fruits and veg.

  86. I boil water over chopper up lemons. Let it cool and puree. Pour threw a seive add honey and keep in the fridge. We all drink it daily. It cleans your liver aswell as ward off colds.

  87. I get a flu shot and also always wash my hands and clean surfaces that sick people have touched.

  88. if the flu is going through people i know, i wash my hands a lot and drink extra waterm

  89. I wash my hands frequently throughout the day, I take chewable Vitamin C tablets and I get plenty of rest.

  90. Make sure when I am out to touch my face only with my left hand and to touch other stuff with my right so I do not transfer viruses to my nose/eyes.

  91. I am not sure if it helps but I use Lysol spray around the door knobs in hopes it helps stop the spread of the virus within the home.

  92. I take a daily multivitamin and wash my hands and keep my desk clean with Lysol wipes.

  93. wash your hands more frequently. drink lots of orange juice or take lots of vitamin c. if you are sick please stay home from work so you don’t affect others.

  94. I always wash my hands but having kids that pick up things from school cn be tough to avoid those little colds sometimes

  95. My family and I get our yearly flu shot, continue to wash our hands and avoid people when they are sick!

  96. Wash my hands when I walk thru the door. Try not to touch my face or eyes without washing my hands first.

  97. i have a cold as we speak and i hate it,resting,plenty of fluids and pills regular and hope it gone before the weekend

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