7 Ways To Avoid Illness This Winter

It’s a challenge to stay healthy during the winter season. Many illnesses such as the common cold, strep throat, and the flu occur more frequently during the winter months. This is not the only reason; during the colder, shorter days we tend to spend more time indoors where respiratory viruses can easily spread. Our immune systems may also be weaker during winter making us more susceptible to infections.

There are however a few things you can do to protect yourself and increase your chances of staying healthy during the winter.

1. Wash Your Hands Frequently

Washing your hands regularly with soap and water is an easy way to protect yourself from getting and transmitting respiratory viruses. According to the CDC, hand washing will reduce respiratory illnesses, like colds by 16-21%. Remember to wash your hands especially before touching your face, eating or touching surfaces such as handrails and tabletops.

2. Get A Flu Shot

Influenza can lead to hospitalizations and even death. Getting a flu shot will reduce your risk of