As the winter months approach, cold and flu season is upon us. It might seem like getting sick is inevitable this time of year. However, with proper precautions, you can greatly increase you and your family’s chances of staying healthy. Here are 5 tips that will help you stay healthy this cold and flu season!

Get a flu shot

Flu shots are formulated each year to immunize you against what is predicted to be the most widespread varieties of the flu each season. That’s why it’s so important to get a new shot every year, since the flu changes every year. October is the perfect time to get your flu shot to protect you for the entire season.

Wash your hands…often

You might not be able to prevent whether or not you are exposed to flu germs, but you can keep from spreading those germs by frequently washing your hands. Use soap and scrub for at least 20 seconds. Scrub like a surgeon would prior to surgery. Don’t forget between your fingers, backs of your hands and under fingernails too. Wash those hands multiple times a day, especially before you eat or prepare food.

Exercise

A strong immune system will help protect you from getting sick, and one thing you can do to strengthen your immune system is to exercise regularly. Eating healthy foods with lots of vitamins and getting enough sleep are other things that are good for your immune system.

Did we mention washing your hands?

It’s worth mentioning again. This is your first, last, and best method of keeping away from germs, especially if you work in a large office or use public transportation. You can’t control everyone else’s behavior but you can control yours and wash everyone else’s germs off.

Keep your home clean

Germs can hide in your home on all sorts of surfaces like countertops, desks, doorknobs and even your floors. Clean those things used the most daily. Don’t forget about the other large surfaces in your home, such as your carpets. For a deep, long-lasting cleaning, consider using a professional carpet cleaning service like Chem-Dry’s Hot Carbonating Extraction process, which has been proven to remove 89% of airborne bacteria and will remove those hidden germs, dirt and allergens in your carpets.

We hope these tips will help keep you and your family safe and healthy this cold and flu season.