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Keep Yourself and Your Family Healthy this Winter
Dartmouth-Hitchcock's infectious disease expert Antonia Altomare, DO, MPH, shares these important tips to keep yourself and your family healthy this winter:
- Wash your hands: "Hand hygiene is the single best way to reduce the transmission of flu and other viruses," says Altomare. "Soap and water for 20 seconds, or Purell or a similar hand sanitizer. There's really nothing to it.
- Get a flu shot: Different flu virus strains are circulating each year, so getting a flu vaccine should be an annual event. "Last year's vaccine may not protect you from this year's viruses. There are a number of vaccination clinics that you can access for free or low-cost for your family."
- Eat healthy: "We're all moving too fast, and we don't always take the time to consider nutrition. Our bodies need the fuel that a healthy diet provides." Before you eat, think about what goes on your plate or in your cup or bowl. Planning your meals ahead of time can help you to make better choices. Find healthy recipes in the Cooking Up Health section of D-H's Health and Wellness newsletter.
- Get some sleep: Your immune system relies on sleep to stay healthy. Don't shortchange yourself! Most healthy adults need between seven-and-a-half to nine-hours of sleep per night to function at their best.
Antonia Altomare, DO, MPH, is a Hospital Epidemiologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.