12 Ways to Stay Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

From UW Health physicians to the national Centers for Disease Control, the experts agree – with the cold and flu season colliding with the COVID-19 pandemic, the best way to combat the flu and other illnesses this season is through preventive measures.


Getting influenza (flu) vaccine is your best defense against getting the flu, but use the following 12 tips to fight the flu and other illness:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizing gel
  • Get the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available, and discuss with your health care provider if you are due for other vaccinations
  • Stay home and limit your contact with others, especially if you are sick
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a face covering in public places
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes
  • Use tissues for coughs and sneezes and dispose of them in the trash
  • Avoid large groups and practice physical distancing (stay at least 6 feet away from others) even when wearing a face covering or outside
  • Avoid unnecessary travel
  • Avoid sharing objects
  • Get enough sleep
  • Reduce stress
  • Eat right and get regular exercise