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Diabetes and Hypertension Center
“Better Way, Better Health....Better Life”

Protection - is in your hands!!!

1. Keep your distance.

Colds and flu are most easily spread around during the first three days of infection, even before symptoms start.  If possible, avoid close contact with people in crowded places.

2. Wash your hands frequently.
In a Canadian study, people who washed their hands eight times a day or more had four times fewer colds than those who washed less often.

3. Keep your fingers away from your face.
One of the best ways to transfer cold viruses is from hands into the nose and eyes.  From the eyes, the viruses migrate down the tear ducts into the nose.  Once in the nose, they go to the back of the throat and attach to cells in the adenoid region.


4. Get immunized.
Flu viruses spread most efficiently through coughs and sneezes, so the best protection is immunization with either a flu shot or the nasal spray vaccine.  This won’t prevent colds or other respiratory viruses, but it reduces the risk of flu, which is more serious and can lead to complications, such as pneumonia. Ask us about a flu shot.

5. Lead a clean life.
Viruses can live on surfaces for hours, though it’s not certain how efficiently they can spread from surfaces to cause disease.  To be on the safe side, some doctors advise wiping down hand rails, keyboards, telephones, toys, doorknobs and the like with sanitizing sprays or cleansers.  Carry your own pen in a restaurant when you sign the check, and above all, don’t use the pen in a doctor’s office.

6. Carry an alcohol-based hand Sanitizer/wipes.
Studies suggest they are helpful in removing both bacteria and viruses, especially when used after washing with soap and water to remove surface dirt.

7. Take care of the sick, from a distance.
If you have to be in contact with a sick person, try to keep a 3-foot distance between you, don’t shake hands, and if you have to touch something handled by the sick person, wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand gel as soon as possible.

8. If you smoke, STOP.
Smoking damages structures in the nose and lungs that help rid the body of germs and improve breathing.   Studies have found smokers are more likely to catch colds, and their colds last longer and are more likely to lead to bronchitis.

9. Be polite.
Make sure you and everyone around you covers coughs and sneezes and throws away soiled tissues.  And if you feel sick, stay home.

10. Get a prescription.
If you’re at risk for serious flu complications – and can’t take flu vaccine for some reason (such as egg allergy), contact the office as soon as possible. When you develop symptoms we may be able to provide good alternatives (prescription drugs).  These can reduce the severity of flu, only when taken within 48 hours of the start of symptoms, but they also can be used to prevent flu. 
They sometimes are given along with a flu vaccine to protect vulnerable patients during the two weeks it takes for the vaccine to become fully active.



Diabetes and Hypertension Center
“Better Way, Better Health... .Better Life”
Narendra K. Gupta MD., FRCP(C)
10160 Medlock Bridge Rd.
Duluth, Ga. 30097

Tel: 770-495-0011  Fax: 770-495-0012




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