With the more than 74,560 lab-confirmed flu cases in the U.S., according to data collected by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s very important to take preventative measures so you and your family doesn’t catch the dreaded virus.

Get a flu shot

The first line of defense against the flu is to make sure your immune system has the anti-bodies needed to fight off the virus. Although it’s best to get your shot by the end of October, before flu season peaks between November and March, according to the CDC, it’s not too late to get one now — the virus can continue to spread until May.

Stay at least three feet away from anyone who’s coughing or sneezing

The flu virus is a parasite that hangs around in respiratory secretions that travel through the air in small droplets; when projected by a cough or sneeze, they can fly about three feet before gravity takes over. So, make sure to stay far away to prevent the germs from reaching you.

Wash your hands after touching any communal surfaces.

Whether you’re in a public place or in your home, it’s smart to wash your hands after handling any commonly touched surfaces, using soap and water afterward. Lather up for at least 20 seconds, then rinse under water, and air dry or pat dry with a clean towel.

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Several studies in recent years have shown that one surprising method for escalating sleep quality and improving overall health is moving from sleeping indoors to the fresh air of the outdoors.

One of the biggest reasons sleeping outside is a helpful sleep aid is the exposure to natural light. One study showed that “Increased exposure to sunlight may help to reduce the physiological, cognitive and health consequences of circadian disruption.” Or, in English, being exposed to sunlight in the morning helps your body wake up and get ready for the day.

Fresh air also boosts your immune system.

It’s easy to get a case of the sniffles, especially in the winter. Help to fight them off with the power of fresh air. It helps your immune system fight off disease more effectively due to healthier white blood cells. It also supplies your immune system with the oxygen it needs to kill and destroy bacteria, viruses and germs. Breathing in stale air will not supply your body with enough oxygen to keep your cells fueled and functioning properly.

Sleeping outside can re-energize and re-invigorate your system, with no need for coffee or energy drinks. Research shows that spending time in fresh air, surrounded by nature, increases energy in 90 percent of people. Often when we feel depleted, we reach for a cup of coffee, but research suggests a better way to get energized is to spend more time outdoors.

Another argument for sleeping outside is the stark difference in air quality inside and out. It’s not surprising that the better quality we breathe in, the better it works. A night outside in the fresh air improves our ability to think. There were also studies done that show that sleeping outside reduces stress and other factors.

And there you have it! Sleeping in the sukkah was never so appealing. 😉