10 ways to stave off colds and flu daily_blabber October 13, 2011 There’s no 100 per cent foolproof way of preventing colds and flu, but there are things you can do to reduce your risk of getting either type of virus. By Hilary Pereira Flu1Get more vitamin DThere’s plenty of controversy around the idea of taking vitamin C to stave off a cold, but there is some evidence to suggest that getting enough vitamin D can help Flu2Take regular exerciseKeeping as fit and healthy as possible will boost your immune system, giving you a better chance of avoiding viral infection. Flu3Wash your handsThe vast majority of viruses are picked up through direct contact, for example by touching a contaminated surface, then touching your own nose or eyes. From our partner Flu4Avoid close contact with people with symptomsIt’s hard to avoid contact with infected people, especially if you have to travel on packed public transport, but it can help if you try Flu5Avoid touching your eyes and noseDid you know you could catch a virus through your eyes? Flu6Keep your nose warm!Wearing a scarf over your nose to keep your nasal lining warm could help prevent infection. Flu7Keep an anti-viral hand sanitiser on youAnti-bacterial hand gels have been available for a number of years, but now you can also buy anti-viral products that you can apply frequently throu From our partner Flu8Try a nasal sprayAsk your pharmacist about anti-viral nasal sprays. They coat the lining of the nose making it more resistant to picking up viruses. Flu9Reduce your stress levelsStress can impair the immune system, making us more vulnerable to picking up a virus, so it can help to reduce your stress levels in any way you can. Flu10Have the flu jabIf you’re eligible to get the seasonal flu jab free on the NHS (if, for example, you have a chronic long-term illness or a compromised immune system, if you’re 1 / 10 Previous Next FROM OUR NETWORK JOIN THE CONVERSATION What's Popular 1At 18, Skylar Richardson allegedly had a stillborn baby girl. Now she's facing jail for murder. 2Celeb in 5: Saturday's best entertainment and gossip news. 3‘When I gave up high intensity training, my body changed for the better.’ 4The real reason you get dark circles under your eyes and what to do about them. 5The relatable reason why Meghan Markle always wears her shoes one size too big. FROM OUR NETWORK Want more from mamamia?