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Date:12/21/2007

late as May.

2. Wash hands frequently: "I cannot emphasize enough that hand washing is

the single most effective way of preventing the spread of germs, not

only flu but of countless diseases," Dr. Barkman said. Wash your hands

with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds or as long as it

takes to sing "Jingle Bells" twice.

3. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze: Cough and sneeze into your

elbow or tissue instead of your hand to help prevent the spread of

germs from touch.

4. Don't share eating utensils or drinks: These are the most frequent

ways to spread germs, especially at holiday parties where picking up

someone else's plate or drink is common. Although someone might not be

displaying the signs of the illness, they could still be carrying the

virus.

5. Avoid kissing or hugging others who are ill: Avoid close contact with

people who are sick. While it might be hard with so many relatives in

town for the holidays, the flu is one thing you do not want to receive

from loved ones.

6. Dress appropriately for the weather: Exposure to the elements can also

mean exposure to germs. Put on those Christmas sweaters and Santa

Claus hats!

7. Practice good health habits: Be physically active, manage your stress,

drink plenty of fluids, eat nutritious food and get plenty of sleep.

Dr. Barkman recommends at least seven hours a night for the average

adult.

8. Cut eggnog consumption: Alcohol dehydrates the body and heavy alcohol

use damages the body's liver, which is the body's primary filtering

system. This means that germs leave the body more slowly. That leaves

heavier drinkers more prone to initial infections.

9. Quit smoking: Some research studies show an increase in influenza

infection
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