The simplest way: Get your flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot (with rare exception). This is especially important for people with certain chronic medical conditions, as they’re at higher risk of flu-related complications. Talk to your doctor if you have questions or concerns.
Other ways to help prevent the flu include:
- Be Careful What You Touch: During flu season, wash your hands regularly using warm water and soap, especially after shaking hands or touching surfaces in public spaces. And don’t share utensils, glasses, or plates with anyone, even if you think they’re flu-free, as adults can be contagious even before their symptoms start.
- Follow the Basic Rule of 3: Building your immune system will help you fight off the flu, and comes down to these tried and true basics: Eat a balanced, healthy diet; exercise regularly; and get a solid 7 to 8 hours of sleep at night.