It’s important to keep your health in check so you can avoid the dreaded flu or common cold. There are steps that you can take all year round to protect you from these nasty sicknesses.

According to the home doctor experts at House Call Doctor, there are 4 things you can do to reduce your risk of getting sick this year.

  1. Get your flu jab

The flu vaccine is your best bet to protect yourself from flu viruses. It’s recommended everyone over the age of 6 months gets an annual flu vaccination. The flu season most commonly occurs from June to September, so the best time to get you flu vaccine is early autumn (April or May).

  1. Maintain your immune system

Your immune system protects your body from infection, so it’s important to take care of it. Start incorporating more fruit and vegetables into your diet and aim for a healthy BMI (Body Mass Index). Sleeping for 7 to 9 hours every night can also strengthen your immune system, along with reducing stress. Think about getting vitamin D supplements, as they can play a vital role in the functioning of the immune system.  Also, Flavonoids, which are found in blueberries, red wine, and black tea may help your gut microbes work more efficiently and protect you.

  1. Good habits

There are many simple things you can include in your daily routine to help protect you from contagious flu germs, such as:

  • Avoiding close contact to those who are sick
  • Staying at home if you have flu-like symptoms
  • Covering your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing
  • Regularly washing your hands
  • Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces that people come into contact with.
  1. Take your meds

If you do show any signs or symptoms of the flu, visit your GP. There are medications that you can take that can both shorten the duration of your sickness and also prevent you from serious complications.