Senior citizens are especially vulnerable to respiratory illnesses like pneumonia and the flu. However, everyone can reduce their risk of getting sick this winter by following a few safety precautions:
First, get the influenza vaccine now. Don't wait until the flu season is half over.
Always wash your hands before handling food.
Keep your hands away from your mouth, nose and eyes. If you have to rub your eyes or nose, wash your hands first.
Carry hand sanitizer with you for times when soap and water aren't available.
If possible, steer clear of crowds during peak cold and flu season and ask sick friends and family members to hold off visiting until they're well.