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They’re called cold sores and fever blisters for a reason: when you feel a cold, fever, or the flu coming on your immune system is compromised and you’re more susceptible to an outbreak. So at the first sign of cold, fever, or flu take the right precautions.

Here are some steps to help avoid an outbreak during cold season:

Get vaccinated

It’s the best way to avoid the flu. However, it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor about what’s right for you.

Be germ conscious

Before touching your mouth, eyes, or nose, wash your hands. While you’re at it, avoid sharing utensils, glasses and anything else you might touch with your mouth.

Stop smoking

Smoking destroys the nose and lung’s ability to filter contaminants out of the body, which makes you more susceptible to getting sick. To stay healthy, talk to your doctor about quitting.

Eat for immunity

Sticking to a healthy diet can boost your immunity during cold season. Incorporate foods that are rich in vitamins A, C, and E, such as milk, citrus fruits, vegetables, nuts, and eggs.

Give your body time to repair

Lack of sleep and high levels of stress can lower your body’s defense against colds and the flu. To improve immune functioning, be sure to get enough sleep and manage your stress.