It's that time of year to stay alert, hunker down, and do everything you can to avoid getting the flu. However, if you don't want to spend the next several months hiding at home and avoiding the outside world, there are a few easy tips that can also go a long way in helping you avoid going down for the count this winter.
Get some soap
Wash your hands often! A flu virus can survive up to two hours on the surfaces you touch the most - like door handles and cell phones. Anti-bacterial wipes, sprays, or gels can work in a pinch, too.
Get some water
Staying hydrated is essential to a strong immune system, so those eight glasses of water a day are just as important during the winter as they are during the summer.
Get some sleep
Well rested means well protected against infection.
Get your hands away from your face
Your eyes, nose, and mouth are open doors for germs and viruses to enter your system, and the most common way to catch the flu after you've touched a contaminated surface
Get a flu shot!
Above all, getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself from the flu.