10 Ways to Win the War on Colds and the Flu

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10 Ways to Win the War on Colds and the Flu

Dodge the season’s coughs, sneezes, and fevers with these everyday habits.

The most important guard against the flu is getting the vaccine, says Yoko Furuya, M.D., medical director of infection prevention and control at New York Presbyterian Hospital. The flu shot keeps you protected for about six to eight months, so aim to get it in October. That's well in advance of peak flu season, which typically strikes in January or February. Needle-wary? Nasal spray and short-needle options are available.

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