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Cold and Flu Prevention: What Really Works?

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    What can vitamin C do for your immune system?

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    Vitamin C can’t prevent the crud, but it might make it go away faster. Studies show that taking vitamin C supplements just before cold symptoms start (like when you get that familiar tickle in your throat) can keep them from sticking around. Once your cold is full-blown, though, it’s too late for vitamin C to help.

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    What’s the most important step you can take to prevent the flu?

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    What’s the most important step you can take to prevent the flu?

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    Doctors agree: The best way to protect yourself is to get the flu vaccine every year. You should also do your best to avoid germs by washing hands and staying away from people who are sick. But the shot can lower your chances of getting the flu by a solid 50% to 60%.

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    Which is most likely to help you fight a cold?

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    Which is most likely to help you fight a cold?

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    Of these three, only zinc has research showing that it can shorten a cold. Scientists haven’t been able to prove that probiotics or echinacea make much difference in prevention or treatment. Zinc lozenges, tablets, or syrup can make your cold shorter and less horrible.

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    Which is better at killing germs on your hands?

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    Which is better at killing germs on your hands?

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    If you have a choice, always go for the sink and suds. Sanitizer is good in a pinch, but it doesn’t remove or kill all types of germs -- hand washing is better at that. If you do use sanitizer, choose one with at least 60% alcohol for best results.

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    How long can the flu virus live on the surfaces around you?

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    How long can the flu virus live on the surfaces around you?

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    It’s true -- the doorknob your sneezing friend just touched can infect you up to 8 hours later. That’s why it’s important to wash your hands often. For the best protection, wipe down surfaces when you can, and keep your fingers away from your eyes, nose, and mouth, too.

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    Colds and the flu have got nothing on you. You’re a prevention pro.

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