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What do you do to prevent getting sick during the Winter season?
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What do I do to prevent getting sick during the Winter season?

Simple . . .
STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM SICK PEOPLE!
I've noticed that mimicking the hygiene habits of Sheldon Cooper actually does help during flu-season..
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I work outside so the likelihood of catching something from someone else is much lower since they work inside sharing the same germ filled air while I do not. Avoidance of sick people works for me.

And it helps not working in a hospital environment where you can catch something airborne at any time. Providing you're not taking safety measures.
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well i get snotty in winter but never sick might go to work with an fever but that's right about it
to protect my throat i use an buff (an cylindrical peace of cloth that you wear around your neck or can use as head band)
c vitamins mainly apple not the product but the fruit and oranges
and stay inside being an otaku =Ob
do not heat up your house to much temperature swings is actually one of the reasons you get an cold faster its the same Principal as hypothermia and hyperthermia (over heat and cold shock) if your cold and get heated to fast your body gets an shock and reset body temperature that's why you only give an blanket to someone that has been saved from falling in an river in winter
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Posted 3/2/12
Wash your hands, or bring along a little bottle of that instant hand-sanitizer. I know, it sounds really OCD, but...I'll be damned if it doesn't work.

People are freakin' disgusting.

Also...pay attention to what might be setting you up for those little 24 hour infections. Are you not sleeping well? That's going to weaken you a bit. Are you sleeping in a room that is heated so fiercely that the humidity is ripped out of the air? That leaves your nasal and oral mucosa dry, leaving easier access to the blood vessels, setting you up for a cold. Crappy nutrition? It does take a toll.

I don't think that there's one magic bullet, or one single 'thing' that is going to leave you vulnerable, but all the little things do add up.

Finally...you know, the flu shot really does work.
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Vitamins and food have some effect, alcohol kills the bad bacteria in your blood. Also working out helps boost your bodies strength to fight pathogens. This is going to sound insane based on the other answers. But since i almost never get sick. I think it works in practice.
I almost never get sick. my current tally over the past 14 years is: 2 sick days(exactly)/5100+ Sick free days(rounded).

I recommend exposing yourself to curable contagions. Granted you should take some extra vitamins(specifically c) and work out and drink(if your able to legally ) 1 shot/1beer/1-2 glasses of wine every few days.

If you come into contact with a sickness your body can defeat easily you wont feel sick. Your body does this all the time, its called immunity.
If your body is used to fighting sickness and it's exposed to a new one, similar to but not the same as others that it's been fighting, your body will already be on the offense and take care of it. you may feel groggy or slow but its for your benefit. Over all it will gain another immunity. Over time the broad spectrum of infections your body will know how to fight will be enough to push away any cold in your area. Granted there will always be flu and other seasonal sickness that you will never be completely immune to. but if your immune system is in full throttle It will reduce the time you are sick by. Turning weeks into days.

This practice only works in your region. This will not work if you state or country hope frequently. The difference in bacteria strains are too great to even have a partial immunity.

Your immune system has a skill of fighting infections. But if your immune system is never used. I.E always avoiding sickness and being SUPER clean, it seldom fights anything. This would be similar to you doing something you haven't done in years. Over prevention of sickness is poor for your long term health. a common cold once in a while is good for your bodies defenses.

Basicly to make a rant short. Stop trying to prevent getting sick. it happens. you cant stop it 100% of the time. let your body do its thing and don't over prevent it will hurt you in the long run.
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I am one who believes that flu shots are not helping anyone. I believe it helps keep the flu in circulation.
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quite simple, idiots dont catch colds. XDXD but really i just get plenty of sleep. nothing else.
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Its been pretty warm this winter.
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Maiden_aya wrote:

Avoid babies and people with babies. Each time I get sick is from babies.


Amen. Very good idea.


Posted 3/2/12
Dig out every piece of junk from my nostrils.
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get post nasal drip. i get sick in the summer as opposed to the winter
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Well... I don't normally get sick ^^ but on the rare occasion of getting sick in the winter (probably around every 3-4 years i'd say), I just let it pass.

So basically getting sick is my prevention for getting sick again ^.^' (And maybe surfing has something to do with it. Cleans out ur nose I hear)
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What I do is:

* Increase intake of Vitamin C & antioxidants in general. https://duckduckgo.com/?q=antioxidants%20immune%20system
* Exercise. https://duckduckgo.com/?q=exercise+benefit+immune+system
* WASH YOUR HANDS. People unconsciously touch their face several times per day. Carry hand sanitizer & use it at random https://duckduckgo.com/?q=touching+face+getting+sick
* Avoid public restrooms, if possible. They're havens for germs. http://www.ksee24.com/news/local/Dirty-Toilets---CLU-132277143.html
* Avoid shaking hands with a person, if possible. https://duckduckgo.com/?q=reasons+to+avoid+shaking+hands

During the flu season I'd suggest avoiding other forms of physical contact as well, when possible.

As others have mentioned, it's also a good idea to avoid populated places if you can. A lot of people don't sneeze correctly (you should sneeze into your elbow, but many still sneeze into their hands). The common cold and other infections travel through the air and via surfaces (eg door knobs, hand rails, shopping carts & shopping baskets, & so on), and it's easier to catch when you get a lot of people in one location. You may want to go shopping during less popular times, or try to buy more products from Internet retailers at least during the flu season (just be careful of the delivery box, which has been handled by several people).

If it's cold, then try to wear your gloves for as long as is socially acceptable. It may be possible to leave your gloves on your hands during the introductory hand shakes, therefore avoiding offending other parties. It will also help in avoiding direct contact with infected surfaces, such as hand rails & shopping carts. During the flu season you may want to remember to wash or sanitize your gloves, just to be sure.

If you're in a location or a situation where crowds can't be avoided, then try to use things like doors in an alternative way. For example, I tend to bump the bar on the front of the door (with the switch that opens it) with my hip, then, if necessary, press on the metal frame (or window) of the door to further open it. This may look a little silly to the people around you, but I rarely ever get sick. This, combined with the hand sanitizer and other listed items, is why.

edit: Also, wash your fruits & vegetables (in warm or hot water) when you get home from the store. In many stores, apples, potatoes, oranges, sometimes lettuce, and other foods are "on display". It's easier to choose however many you want in a plastic bag, but it's incredibly easy for these foods to be handled by several people (or even dropped on the floor). YOU may take good care of your health, but a lot of people do not.

Oranges can be sneaky. The soft edible bits are inside of their happy orange shell, so you may not think to wash them. Yet when you're removing those peelings, you're touching both the outside of the fruit as well as the edible fruit itself. So wash them, too, before you peel them.

Okay done.
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Posted 4/16/12
1000 mg vitamin c 2x a day, i havent been sick in 3 years
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I inject nano machines into my blood stream so they act as kind of a super white blood cell.
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