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As cold and flu season continues, we all need to be proactive to protect our health. Although none of us wants to suffer with the cold or flu, sickness can be incredibly dangerous to the very young or old, or those with health issues. Protecting yourself also helps to protect others around you from exposure to what can become a deadly illness.

Start with the following tips to try to avoid the sniffles this season:

Get the Flu Shot. Although it’s not certain you won’t get sick with the flu, it certainly improves your odds.

Get Serious about Washing Your Hands. Not only should you wash your hands frequently, make sure you’re washing for at least 20 seconds every time.

Stay Home if You're Sick. No one wants to get sick. If you are feeling under the weather, help your peers by staying home, and help yourself by taking the time to pause and regain health.

Disinfect surfaces. Disinfect any areas that get touched frequently, like doorknobs and faucets multiple times throughout the day.

Carry hand sanitizer. It will come in handy for times when you can't get to a sink.

Get enough sleep. Make sure you’re fully prepared to fight off any potential sickness.

Maintain Healthy Eating Habits. Keeping your body fueled with healthy foods will help it stay on the ready to fight off infections.

Avoid People that Are Sick. Minimize your risk of infection by steering clear of carriers.

Stay Away from Sugar. Sugar weakens your immune system. Keep your sugar intake to a minimum to keep your immune system at full strength.

Try Supplements. Vitamin C and Zinc have been linked to strong immune systems. 

Stay Hydrated. Water is needed for all functions of your body, and makes quite a difference in the health of your body. Don’t damage your defenses by drinking an inadequate amount of water. 

Despite the ever-presence of the cold and flu throughout the winter, it is possible to make it through the season without getting sick. Stay vigilant and focused on your health, and of course, see a doctor if you need to.

Make sure that you are covered with the proper health insurance to help you in the times you fall ill and need medical assistance.

TVC Insurance is also partnered with AFLAC to offer supplemental insurance after an accident, hospital stay, or critical illness. Unexpected expenses to the doctor's office can pile up fast, and this is exactly why our great relationship with AFLAC can be of great use to you. Learn more about how AFLAC and TVC Insurance can give you cash to cover your medical expenses. 

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