What can you do to stay healthy especially this time of year?

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Lowering your risk of coming down with a seasonal illness like a cold or the flu can be challenging, especially with kids back at school and more of us spending time indoors.

A miserable cold — an illness like hand, foot and mouth with flu-like symptoms makes us all susceptible to catching viral infections.

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So how do we protect ourselves and others from viruses? It all starts with good health habits.

First, the CDC recommends to avoid close contact when you can.

Dr. Richard Uluski with Pediatric & Medical Associates in New Haven says, “It can spread from contact. It can spread from one person to the next from just touching, then from sharing drinks. Anywhere there’s a lot of people together in a close environment is very conducive of spread for viruses.”

Other CDC tips:

  • Get the appropriate vaccine — like getting the flu shot.
  • Stay home when you are sick – so co-workers or other students don’t catch what you have.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Wash your hands — such an easy thing to do.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces when someone around you is sick.

Other health experts say to consult your doctor or pharmacist about use of over the counter medications; and don’t ask for antibiotics. They do not work for viral illnesses like the cold or the flu.

If you are worried about your symptoms, do call your primary care physician and get the treatment that you need.

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