1. Get a flu shot. It's the #1 way to avoid the flu. It is impossible for you to catch the flu from a flu shot. There has been no credible research indicating any danger of these, however, if you don't want to, please avoid young children as you may pass the bug to them.
2.If you feel the flu coming on-achy, feverish-as soon as possible, take oscillococcinum. I know, it's an impossible name. It's a naturopathic remedy available in most drug stores. It really staves off full blown flu.
3. If you feel the flu or a cold coming on, take Emergen C. It's 1000 mg. of vitamin C and other vitamins per packet. I usually take 4-5 initially, then 1-2 twice a day. Drink it in a small glass of water and repeat every hour. You'll know you've had enough when you start to get a little diarrhea. Cut back on your intake.
4. If you go travel, take Air Borne at the first sign of a cold or the flu. It may help minimize the symptoms.
5. Wash your hands as soon as you go indoors—every time.
6. If you have kids, use paper towels in the bathroom for hands. If that's too expensive, allocate a specific towel to each child. Damp towels are a primary way cold and flu germs are transmitted. Toss them into the dryer for 10 minutes each evening if it's too costly to wash them daily.
7. If you feel the flu coming on, immediately go home from work, drink at least 2 glasses of water and all the stuff listed above and GO TO BED. You will take at least 2 days off your illness if you take care of yourself at the beginning. You will also remove yourself from the workplace and not give it to your co-workers, for which they and your boss will be very grateful.
8. Above all, listen to your body and don't be a "tough guy/gal." You're not impressing anyone by being stupid!
9. As an aside, whenever I go to a restaurant, I ask the manager if they offer their employees paid sick leave. If the answer is "no," I ask them to pass a message on to the owner(s): "If you don't offer paid sick leave, that means your employees come to work sick, sharing it with fellow employees and customers. Raise your prices a bit and help keep us all healthy." Then I often leave.
Katie Evans is the Founder of the Living Lite Hypnosis Centers: www.livinglitenow.com
She is also a popular professional speaker: www.katieevansspeaks.com