From Columbus Public Health:

Preventing the Flu

Influenza (flu) is a respiratory illness that can be serious, sometimes leading to hospitalization and even death. Prevent getting and spreading the flu…wash your hands, cover your cough, stay home when sick, and get your flu shot every year!

Getting a flu vaccine is the single best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from flu.
http://publichealth.columbus.gov/seasonal-flu-resources.aspx

 

Where To Get Flu Vaccine

Flu vaccines are offered in many locations including doctor’s offices, clinics, health departments, pharmacies, and college health centers, as well as many employers and some schools

http://publichealth.columbus.gov/health_infectious_diseases.aspx?id=33028

 

Cold or Flu – How to You Know?

Although the flu and common cold have similar symptoms, the flu tends to be more severe.

http://www.flu.gov/symptoms-treatment/symptoms/#

 

It’s Cold & Flu Season
Stop the spread by following some simple steps.
http://publichealth.columbus.gov/uploadedFiles/Public_Health/Content_Editors/Resources_For/Educators/Cold_Flu_InfoSheet_12.6.2012.pdf

 

Eating Healthy & Being Active to Boost Your Immune System

Your immune system is what helps the body to fight off disease and infection.  This time of year, with cold and flu season upon us, it can really go into overdrive trying to keep you healthy.  Eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains while getting enough exercise can help keep your immune system in top shape.

Researchers have reported that nutrients especially from green vegetables like frozen broccoli or fresh okra serve as a source of chemical signals crucial to a strong immune system. (Li, et al., 13 October 2011)  Adults should aim to include 1 – 2 cups of green vegetables in your diet each week—think small salads, a snack of sliced bell peppers, or steamed green beans at dinner.  And regular exercise his been linked to increased immunity according to the National Institutes of Health.  Taking a daily walk or hitting the weights for 30 minutes can boost immunity. 

 

Good Rest is Best

The lack of sleep may make us more prone to catching colds and the flu, as well as being important to having energy throughout the day. Make sure your child receives the amount of sleep they need. 

More at Good Rest is Best
– link http://publichealth.columbus.gov/uploadedFiles/Public_Health/Content_Editors/Planning_and_Performance/Healthy_Children_Healthy_Weights/HCHWHandouts_8.5x11_AllLogos_2.5.2013%209.rest.pdf