Stay healthy during cold and flu season

SUWANEE -- Officials with Gwinnett County Public Schools have released some tips to help you and your children stay healthy during cold and flu season.

-- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner ... always before preparing meals or eating.

-- Sneeze and cough into your elbow or cover with a tissue.

-- Keep "germy" hands away from your face.

-- Keep them off your desk, too ... put used tissues in a wastebasket.

-- Stay home when you are sick and keep children home from school when they are ill.

-- Don't share personal items such as toothbrushes, towels and utensils.

-- Drink plenty of fluids, especially water.

-- Exercise regularly.

-- Get plenty of rest.

-- Eat a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, especially dark green, red and yellow vegetables and a variety of fruits.

-- Get a flu shot to protect against seasonal flu viruses

-- Get a pneumonia shot to prevent secondary infection if you are over the age of 65 or have a chronic illness such as diabetes or asthma.

-- Keep your distance. Maintain personal space to avoid getting a bug from others or sharing your bug with them.