The flu season comes, and the flu season goes. The only real question is how many people will it affect in any given year.

If you truly do not want to be among that number, then take these flu prevention tips to heart:

Get a Flu Shot

Obviously, this is between you and your primary care physician. But unless he or she warns you against it, a flu shot – while not perfect – is your best defense from catching it.

Keep Your Hands to Yourself

Even if it feels a little rude, be careful who you shake hands with during the flu season, especially if you encounter someone with obvious cold or flu symptoms. At the same time, wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water, and use hand sanitizers in public places where they’re made available to you.

Cover Your Mouth and Nose

If you come down with an ailment that has you coughing and sneezing, you want to prevent “sharing” it with others. So use a tissue and discard each one after using it. If you don’t have any tissues available, coughing or sneezing into the crook of your elbow is your next best option.

Be a Clean Freak

The flu bug is both airborne and clings to hard surfaces where it can last for up to eight hours. That means you want to be extra zealous about cleaning door knobs, light switches, and anything else multiple hands can touch during the same day.

Take Good Care of Yourself

Eating right, drinking plenty of fluids, keeping active, and getting plenty of rest are just a few of the ways you keep the flu bag at bay.

Here’s another way to protect your home and family throughout the flu season and all year long: talk to our indoor air quality specialists about a whole-house air filtration system for your home. Whole-house HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters are among the most effective in warding off germs and pollutants of all kinds.  By removing 99.97% of contaminated airborne particles, a HEPA filter provides major protection from the flu virus while preventing it from spreading to other members of your family.

Contact Anthony’s Plumbing, Heating & Air today for more information and a free new system proposal.