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Health Tip: Help Prevent Respiratory Infections

Health Tip: Help Prevent Respiratory Infections

09/07/11

(HealthDay News) -- The lungs are delicate organs that are sensitive to environmental factors such as germs and tobacco smoke, the American Lung Association says.

Here are the ALA's suggestions to help prevent a respiratory infection and keep the lungs working properly:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or use a hand sanitizer if you don't have access to soap and water.
  • Stay away from crowds during cold and flu season.
  • Brush your teeth at least twice daily, and get a dental checkup every six months to help keep germs in the mouth from causing infections.
  • Get a flu vaccine every year.
  • Stay home and away from family members when you're sick.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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