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It’s that time of year again, cold and flu season. It seems like no matter what we try to do it spreads around us. An occasional day off to binge watch your favorite shows is great except when it involves a stuffy nose, painful cough, and fever thrown in. Here are some tips that’ll be extremely helpful in preventing getting sick this year.

 

Get a flu shot

Every year some variation of three basic types of influenza will be the one to cause trouble. Medical experts modify the flu vaccine each year to keep us safe. Although it can cause some mild discomfort and minor flu symptoms it is one of the best ways for us to proactively prevent sickness.

Exercise

Cold and Flu GraphicExercise is a great way to give our bodies and immune system a boost. It keeps our bodies operating in peak condition, just another reason for us to stay on top of our regular exercise this year. If you are sick though, make sure to get enough rest before you start pumping the iron again. Making a habit out of exercise will help prevent and even shorten the duration of sickness.

Wash your hands…often

Washing your hands will help keep those pesky germs away. Use soap and scrub for at least 20 seconds. Imagine you are a surgeon going into surgery. I always tend to focus attention on the tops and under fingernails, the germs like to hide there. Wash multiple times a day, and don’t forget to have some lotion around so your hands don’t dry out.

Keep your home clean

During the cold season, we spend a lot of our time inside, especially in our homes. It’s the prime time for germs to grow and build up. Make a habit of cleaning and sanitizing high touch points in your home. All types of surfaces like countertops, desks, doorknobs, and even the floor can hide bacteria and germs which are just waiting to attack your system. Carpets are another place that dirt and dust are gathered. Consider a professional carpet cleaning service like Precision Chem-Dry before and after cold and flu season. 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.

Did we mention washing your hands?

It’s that important! 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. Make sure you are also cleaning things you regularly touch with your hands like your phone, purse or wallet. Keep some hand sanitizer with you everywhere you go, it can’t hurt to be a little careful.

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

Happy New Years