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Officials at Centers for Disease Control, are warning the flu season may start early and could be especially bad. Here are a few tips on how to keep yourself and home healthy.

According to Yahoo! Shine: 

1. Wash your hands

This simple and effective action can help prevent the spread of nasty germs in your household. From proper hand washing techniques, to when you should wash your hands and why, visit the CDC.

2. Use disposable towels

While cloth hand towels are the most environmentally responsible way to dry hands, they’re unfortunately also a potential breeding ground for germs. During cold and flu season, swap cloth hand towels for disposable towels for a germ-free dry every time.

3. Leave shoes at the door

Parents, we can only imagine the germs lurking on the bottom of our kids’ shoes. Dr. Myron Wentz, Founder of USANA Health Sciences and author of The Healthy Home mentions in his book that his family leaves a pile of shoes at the front door to “signal to everyone that shoes and their collection of yuck aren’t welcome in our home.”

4. Use disinfecting wipes

While following our kids around with disinfecting wipes may not be practical, wiping down high-touch areas such as tabletops, doorknobs, toilet handles, and remote controls can help stop the spread of germs.

5. Be prepared

No one wants to head to the drugstore on a chilly winter’s day for cold and flu medication when they’re not feeling well. Take inventory of your cold and flu medications and be sure to check the expiration dates of all existing medication. Stock up on cold and flu necessities before you need them.

6. Drink plenty of water

At the first sign of a cold, encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids. Hydration is an important part of flushing out germs and bacteria. Keep water handy and drink up!