Yes, it is another year and each winter there is the dreadful flu. The flu is extremely contagious and affects millions of Americans each year. Usually the flu is only a nuisance for normal, healthy individuals, but can wreak havoc with people that are not that healthy. Here are some tips to keep the flu away this winter season and stay healthy.

Get the flu shot. The flu shot is usually free or less than $20 and anyone that has been sick for a week will be kicking themselves when all they had to do was get a $20 shot from their doctor.

Even though you take the flu shot, you can still get the flu. Plenty of health professionals recommend that you wash your hands frequently with soap and water. By keeping your hands clean you stop the spread of the flu and stop the most easiest way to get infected- from hand to mouth contact.

Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. A healthy diet can stop the flu from infecting you. If you are run down and out of shape you are more likely to stay sicker for a longer time. There are also over the counter products as well as prescription products that are proven effective to fight the severity and length of the flu. One over the counter product is Zicam, which contains zinc, a potent chemical that combats the flu. Tamiflu is a prescription drug that is proven to shorten the flu.

So this flu season, dont get caught unprepared, fight back against the flu.