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Common ways cold and flu viruses spread

Germs in air

Passed through the air by coughing and sneezing.

Person touching doorknob

Physical contact with the virus on objects.

Woman rubbing her eyes

Touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with dirty hands.

Fight cold and flu viruses with these

Hands being washed

Clean your hands often with an alcohol-based sanitizer or soap and water.

Flu Shot

Get an annual flu shot before the start of flu season. It takes at least 2 weeks to build immunity. There is no vaccination for the common cold.