How to keep your family healthy throughout the year

Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s (D-H’s) infectious disease expert, Antonia Altomare, DO, MPH, shares these important tips to keep you and your family healthy throughout the year. Wash your hands. Hand hygiene is the single best way to reduce the transmission of flu and other germs. Wash with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. There’s really nothing to it.

Get a flu shot. Different flu virus strains are circulating each year, so getting a flu vaccine should be an annual event. Last year’s vaccine may not protect you from this year’s viruses. The flu vaccine is available through most pharmacies and doctor’s offices at low or no cost to you and your family.

Eat healthy. We are always on the run, which means we often don’t have the time to eat healthy. Our bodies need a balanced diet, so planning your meals ahead of time can help you to make better choices. Find healthy recipes in the Cooking Up Health section of D-H’s Health and Wellness newsletter at

Get some sleep. Your immune system relies on sleep to stay healthy. Don’t shortchange yourself! Most healthy adults need between 7 ½ to nine hours of sleep per night to function at their best.

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Antonia Altomare, DO, MPH is a Hospital Epidemiologist in Infectious Disease and International Health at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

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