January is right in the middle of flu season, and it may seem like everyone around you is getting sick. Nobody wants to get sick, but it might seem like there is nothing that you can do to protect yourself and your family from the germs all around you. That’s not true! While there are no guarantees, there are a lot of things that you can do to reduce your chances of getting sick this winter. Here are our top tips for a healthy flu season:
Wash your hands often
When you’re out and about, you pick up germs from everyone and everything around you, and then you let those germs enter your body by touching your eyes, mouth, or nose. Washing your hands will help keep those germs from entering your body. When you wash, use soap and scrub for at least 20 seconds. Don’t forget between your fingers, backs of your hands and under fingernails too. Be sure to wash your hands multiple times a day, especially before you touch your face or food.
Get a flu shot
The flu vaccine is updated every year to protect us from the version of the flu that experts believe will be the most widespread that flu season, so you need to get a flu shot every year to stay protected. Many experts recommend getting a flu shot around October, but if you forgot it’s not too late! You can still protect yourself and your family, just get a flu shot as soon as possible. Sometimes people are afraid that getting a flu shot will cause them to get sick, but that’s not the case! You might experience some discomfort or minor flu symptoms the day after the shot, but in most cases it will prevent you from getting the real flu, which is worth it!
You might be wondering how getting enough exercise can help you avoid getting sick. Did you know that regular exercise helps keep your immune system strong? Exercise will help you recover from cold and flu faster and make you feel better all year long. Be sure to be engaging in other healthy habits too, such as drinking enough water and eating healthy food to really give your immune system a good boost.
Keep your home clean
Germs can hide in your home on all sorts of surfaces like countertops, desks, doorknobs and even your floors. Clean the things you touch the most, like light switches, daily. Clean your floors weekly. For a deep, long-lasting cleaning, consider using a professional carpet cleaning service like Chem-Dry of Sioux Falls to remove germs hiding in your carpet fibers. Chem-Dry’s Hot Carbonating Extraction process has been proven to remove 89% of airborne bacteria and will remove those hidden germs, dirt and allergens in your carpets to keep your home and family healthier.
Seriously, wash your hands
We know we already mentioned washing your hands, but 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 and whether or not they go out when they are sick, but you can control what you do and wash those germs off.
We hope this tips will help keep you and your family safe and healthy this cold & flu season!