If you live in Minnesota, then you know flu season is a time of year when many people pay special attention to their health. Flu season begins in October and continues through to the remaining “cold half” of the year. It is marked by sniffles, coughs and sneezes, all of which lead to increasing paranoia in the workplace and at home.

Thankfully, there are ways to help control the spread of influenza. Even better, you can try many of these same practices at home to keep your family healthy and safe as well. See below for a few of these tips.

Stay home

Many people report to work even when they are ill. While this is admirable in some instances, the body needs rest to heal. Also, when the illness is contagious, it puts other workers at risk. If you have sick days at work, use them. This is the best way to ensure the sickness does not spread in the office.

Wash your hands

Forbes recommends washing your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. Also, remember to use a paper towel to dry your hands instead of a rag or towel. It is also a good idea to keep hand sanitizer around for those moments when you may not be able to wash your hands.

Get vaccinated

There has been a lot of controversy about whether people should get vaccinated. Even so, the CDC stands by its recommendation to get flu vaccines every season. Managers who struggle with the spread of the flu virus should consider setting up vaccine drives or ensuring it is a free health benefit for everyone, including workers’ family members.

No one likes to get sick and of all the routine illnesses you may experience, the flu is considered by many to be worst. Not only do the symptoms result in pain and discomfort, but influenza is potentially deadly. Because of this, it is important to minimize not just the risk of the flu to yourself but to others.

This article provides information on reducing the spread of the flu virus and is not meant as legal advice.