Whether you’ve contracted a cold or the flu, getting sick is never fun to deal with! If you take certain precautions you can significantly reduce the risk of catching a cold or the flu. These precautions are extremely important especially if you have kids or pets in your home — nothing is worse than seeing your little ones suffer! That’s why we’ve compiled the best 4 tips that will help you prevent the cold and flu this season!

1. Get a Flu Shot

There is some variation of the three basic types of influenza that medical experts believe will cause the most sickness each year. Because of this, flu vaccines are adjusted every year to protect everyone against the strain that will be the most widespread this season.

We know that it can sometimes be an inconvenience to go out of your way and drive to a local pharmacy and get a shot; however, it is worth it in the long run! You may experience some discomfort or minor flu-like symptoms after the shot, but it will protect against you against the strongest predicted strain of influenza this year.

2. Regularly Wash Your Hands

Did you shake someone’s hand at the office? Did you touch the grocery cart handle at the store? Did your child play at the playground? No matter what the case it, always make sure you are washing your hands and checking to ensure your children wash their hands.

Although it may seem insignificant, regularly washing your hands is one of the best ways to get rid of bacteria and germs — not just during the cold and flu season! The CDC recommends washing your hands with warm water and anti-bacterial soap for at least 20 seconds. Be sure to wash in between your fingers, the backs of your hands, and even under fingernails.

*Extra tip! We highly recommend keeping a travel-size hand sanitizer in your car, purse, or bag so you can wash your hands on-the-go. You can also have your kids keep a small hand sanitizer in their backpack so they can get rid of germs after recess or on the bus!

3. Keep Your Home Clean

Did you know that we spend an average of 90% of our time indoors? This is why it’s so important to make sure your home is clean because it could be the cause of your sickness!

Surfaces that we use every day like doorknobs, light switches, countertops and more can be the perfect hiding spot for germs and bacteria. Be sure to clean these things daily! Other places in your home like the floors and bathrooms should be cleaned every week. Vacuuming carpeted surfaces and upholstery helps remove dust, but a professional cleaning can remove embedded bacteria and dirt while improving the air quality in your home.

Maintaining a healthy indoor air quality is vital for those who suffer from respiratory problems, but it is just as important for healthy individuals. Having too many allergens in the air can make it hard to breathe which can prompt allergies or a cold to kick in. One of the best ways to control air quality is by keeping your carpets clean.  Our professional carpet cleaning in Fort Smith removes 98% of allergens and 89% of airborne bacteria!

*Don’t forget to disinfect commonly used items around your home like TV or gaming remotes, computer keyboards, cellphones, and other electronic devices. 

4. Consistently Exercise

Getting off the couch and into the gym not only keeps your muscles strong, but it also keeps your immune system strong. Consistent, regular exercise will keep all aspects of your body healthy. If you do happen to catch a cold or the flu, light to moderate exercise can help you recover faster!

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