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Seven ways to help prevent a cold

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The transitioning between fall to winter weather may make you feel a little blue.

Family Practitioner Kim Shaw of the Hannibal Regional Medical Group says there are ways to prevent a seasonal cold.

She recommends seven key tips to staying healthy during the holiday season.

Shaw says after multiple studies, the biggest key thing is:

"Handwashing is the biggest key, keeping your hands clean," says Shaw.

Whether it's direct contact, shaking hands or even infected surfaces it is important to avoid exposure.

"Avoiding those places, crowded areas especially with holidays coming it is very key trying to stay away from nice hot crowded areas whenever there is multiple people that are probably ill and out in those places as well," says Shaw.

Moving onto number three, vaccines.

"Staying up to date on your flu vaccines or any of your vaccines in general, " said Shaw.

There are also ways to protect not only yourself, but others around you.

Shaw says, "Anytime that you are sick or if you are coughing or sneezing cover your mouth cover your nose when you are sneezing and also using hand sanitizer at that time.”

Shaw also recommends staying in the comfort of your own home.

"When you are sick, stay home. When you have sick kids stay home, don't go out into public areas where you are going to spread that to other places,” says Shaw.

What you put into your body is also a factor in your overall health.

"Drinking lots of fluids and not getting yourself dehydrated and worn down,” said Shaw.

Lastly, rest is key.

"To rest, especially with holidays coming up, everybody’s systems are getting wore down,” says Shaw.

Shaw also recommends using hand sanitizer when washing your hands isn't an option.

She says using disinfectant wipes at grocery stores can also help with the spread of germs.

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