Now that it's officially winter, it will only get harder to fight off a cold or the flu, but area doctors say there are some simple steps you can take to stay well, like frequently washing your hands.
"Sometimes the viruses can live in the surfaces you have at home," says Dr. Kofoworola Dabiri, "so it's also a good idea to clean all surfaces."
That's particularly important if you have kids, because kids are at a greater risk for getting sick.
"Kids that have asthma, for example, those are the ones that are more susceptible."
Experts say flu cases involving healthy children typically last a few days to a week, while those with medical conditions can experience flu-like symptoms for even longer.
The best advice, according to physicians, is to get a flu shot.