Influenza and the common cold virus are all transmitted the same way. Follow the tips below as the best options for avoiding these viruses and to stay healthy.
Clean your hands often
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, preparing food, or eating with unwashed hands
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
Avoid close contact
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
Stay home when you are sick
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
Cover your mouth and nose
Cover your mouth and nose and cough or sneeze into your sleeve. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
Be Prepared: Tips for Avoiding Seasonal Flu, and Other Viruses Too
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- Basic physical exams
- Immunizations and other preventive care
- Management of acute and chronic illness (e.g., asthma)
- Diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections
- Gynecological services
Harvard Vanguard also offers a broad range of specialty and diagnostic services, including:
- Eye exams and eyeglasses
- Medical and surgical equipment and diagnostic services (e.g., MRI, CT Scans, and X-rays)
There is also an Urgent Care Clinic and a 24-hour Medical Advice line at 617-421-1196