There’s no doubt that it’s flu season. Along with the change in weather, winter tends to bring along its germy friend the flu. It might seem like everyone around you is getting sick and that you’re bound to get the flu at some point. However, with the proper prevention you can spend the whole season in optimum health. There are many ways to prevent this nasty virus from affecting your life.

1. Get a flu shot
This might seem like a no brainer but getting a flu vaccine can be the best way to prevent actually getting the virus. A flu shot causes antibodies to form and develop in your system about two weeks after getting it. These antibodies will protect you against getting the flu.

2. Wash your hands
Washing your hands frequently can protect you against the spread of germs. Make sure you’re washing your hands frequently. It’s important to wash before every meal, after being in public, and after shaking someone’s hand. If you can’t keep running to the bathroom to wash your hands, bring hand sanitizer with you and keep it handy.

3. Clean your surfaces
Germs can spread on surfaces that you touch frequently such as countertops, your phone, computers, and desks. Be sure to wipe these surfaces down with disinfectant wipes to ensure that they won’t get you sick.

4. Avoid public places with large crowds
The worst place to be during flu season is somewhere that you can encounter a bunch of sick people. If you’re out in a large crowd surrounded by a bunch of bodies, chances are that one of those people are probably sick. If you have to go out somewhere that you’ll be surrounded by a lot of people, be sure to take precautionary steps to improve your immunity.

5. Work on boosting your immune system
Sometimes the best treatment is prevention. If you take measures to boost your immune system and stay healthy you’re a lot less likely to get the flu. Make sure you get plenty of sleep, eat healthy, and load up on vitamins.