It’s that time of year again; coworkers are sneezing and coughing all around you, and your kids come home from school with a story of another classmate getting sick. You panic because you know you can’t take any sick days from work and being a parent. So, when those sniffles start up, here are a few things you can do to prevent those germs from getting to you.

1. WASH, WASH, WASH!

Make sure everyone in your house is washing their hands all the time. Check after they use the bathroom, before and after they eat, etc. Cold and flu germs can remain on surfaces for up to 24 hours after an infected person touched it.

Make sure you’re also disinfecting door, toilet and sink handles regularly and anything else you or your kids touch frequently. Doing so will kill any existing germs and keep your family healthy.

2. Eat healthy

Eating healthy is essential all year long, but especially when your immune system is more susceptible to illness. The proper nutrients will keep your body running well and your illness probability low. Try to snack on and feed your kids vegetables and fruit throughout the day.

3. Get more sleep

You need all the rest you can get to keep your body strong. If you do get sick, the rest can help you ward anything off before it gets serious.

4. Avoid contact

If you know people are sick around you, make sure not to touch anything after them. Don’t shake hands and make sure to disinfect surfaces everywhere you go.

5. Take supplements and vitamins

There are products such as Emergen-C and Airborne that are supposed to ward off colds or lessen their effects if you’re already ill. Make sure to stock up on other vitamins such as Vitamin C to keep your immune system running at one hundred percent.

You can make it through the season without getting sick! It’s all about preparation and vigilance. A healthy home is a happy home!