If you're one of the lucky ones who HASN'T gotten the flu yet - make sure you take precautions to prevent it!
This year's flu is the most widespread since health officials started tracking 13 years ago - and it's also one of the most intense flu strands that causes the worst outbreaks.
Because it's so widespread, it's obviously going to be hard to prevent. BUT you can do the following things to help reduce your chances of getting it!
WASH YOUR HANDS
It seems like a broken record at this point but it's definitely important! Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds (don't forget in between your fingers and your thumbs) and do it frequently.
SANITIZE THE REMOTES
This one may seem out of left field but how often do you really sanitize your TV remotes (I know I've NEVER done it)? Especially if someone is sick in your house, they're probably spending a lot of time touching the remote and that's no good! Basically just sanitize every surface...to be safe.
If you haven't gotten it already, it may be in your best interest to do so. As with all vaccines, they don't work for every strand on every person - but it's a good idea regardless!
Keep your hands away from your face and mouth! Touching something contaminated and THEN touching your face can quickly transfer the virus to your mouth or nose.
WASH YOUR BEDDING
If anyone in your household is sick (and it seems to be likely at this point), make sure to wash your bedding (especially pillowcases) frequently in hot water.
GET TO BED
In order for your immune system to function properly, you need sleep! Make sure you're getting 7-9 hours every night!
You're contagious the day before you start feeling the first symptom and it's carried in saliva - unfortunately that means you can't kiss your partner for a few days if you think you're getting sick! Also make sure to keep your toothbrush out of the open air during this flu season - if it gets too close to a roommate's toothbrush or someone sneezes in the bathroom, it can easily transfer to your toothbrush.