Achoo! We’re in the throes of cold and flu season, and here at Masiello Employment we’d like to write you a prescription for good health—because you don’t want a sick day to keep you from work or an important job interview (or anything else, for that matter). To help you avoid getting sick, or to help speed healing should you get sick, we created this Cold & Flu Edition of Do’s and Don’t-You-Dares.

Do… wash your hands often and with hot water and lots of soap, and make sure you scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds—remember, 20 seconds is no time at all, especially when it keeps you healthy!

Don’t-You-Dare… be so touchy (and we mean that literally)—you might not be able to avoid touching things at work, especially if you work with machinery, but you can help minimize the damage from any germ exposure by not touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Do… drink a lot during the day if you’re sick—of course, we’re talking about water, juice, and warm broth, not caffeinated beverages (like coffee, sodas, and energy drinks) or anything with alcohol, which can be majorly dehydrating.

Don’t-You-Dare… drive or operate work machinery if you’ve taken medication that might cause drowsiness—make sure to read all details on your medication’s packaging and plan accordingly, like taking DayQuil in the morning and saving the NyQuil for bedtime.

Do… eat lots and lots of steaming-hot soup if you’re feeling under the weather, to clear congestion and aid hydration—just be sure to make or choose a low-sodium variety, and one that has lots of vegetables and herbs for extra antioxidants.

Don’t-You-Dare… wallow in a bad mood—sure, being sick is no fun, but having fun while sick (like watching your favorite comedy) can make you feel better, according to lots (and lots) of research that suggests laughter boosts immunity. Netflix comedy specials, anyone?

Do… get a flu shot—even if you haven’t gotten one already, it’s never too late (go now!).

Don’t-You-Dare… cough into your hands—cough or sneeze into your elbow (when you use your hands, you easily spread germs on everything, and everyone, you touch).

Do… get some exercise—if you’re feeling sick but you don’t have a fever, taking a walk in the woods or doing an easy circuit at the gym can help you feel better and speed healing (just be sure to listen to your body and slow down/stop when necessary; also, at the gym, wipe down every machine you touch).

Don’t-You-Dare… play hooky at the first sign of sickness—the rule of thumb is that you’re only contagious while you have a fever (check with your Doctor, of course, as she or he knows best).

BONUS: Don’t-you-dare… keep all this healthy advice to yourself—share this list with friends, family members, and co-workers so you can all be anti-achoo together.

Remember – your recruiters are your advocate. If you have a scheduled interview and are feeling ill or having issues keeping your family life together during a flu outbreak, let us know *before* the last minute. The worst thing you can do is cancel abruptly or no-show. We can help you reschedule if you provide us with ample notice to keep the momentum going and keep the opportunity open and available. Since everyone gets sick, most people understand, but being respectful of other’s time goes a long way.