The flu season of 2018 has been especially brutal, even offering a strain that is not responsive to the shot. There is no need to panic, however, as there are simple, inexpensive steps you can take to boost your Immune System. Following are 10 curious things you can do that should keep you healthy for the duration of the winter months. By the time spring arrives you will be stronger and well informed to remain healthy. You can implement these suggestions throughout the year to maximize the benefits. This way you will be ready to sail through the next cold and Flu season like a pro.

Five simple changes may prevent the flu

The first thing to do to keep colds and flu at bay is to wash your hands often. Doctors have been emphasizing for years that germs are spread by touch. Use lots of soap and warm water and keep hand sanitizer in your purse for the times you cannot get to a sink. Make hand washing a ritual many times a day, every day of the year. The second tip is to exercise often because it reduces stress and has been shown to boost the immune system -- both of which contribute to improved health.

The third thing you can do to stay healthy during flu season is to be sure to keep well hydrated.

Drinking extra water can prevent dehydration. Warm liquids are best and the steam from the shower is also beneficial in keeping nasal passages clear. Number four is being sure to get plenty of sleep so your body can heal itself. The fifth way to give your immune system a boost is to eat healthy and make sure you get plenty of vitamins C and E in your diet.

Five additional ways to boost your immune system

The sixth thing you can do to stay healthy during the winter is to occasionally crack your windows and allow fresh air inside. This will prevent germs that may be roaming freely when your house is airtight.

You can also do this during the summer when the air conditioning is running. Number seven is to have plenty of house plants because they draw toxins out of the air and add oxygen which is important during the winter months.

The eighth way to prevent the flu bug is to keep your distance from people you know are sick, and to avoid crowds whenever possible. Number nine is to relax and try to reduce stress. The 10th suggestion for getting through the winter months is to prevent germs. Use tissue if you cough or sneeze and quickly dispose of it. Be careful of sharing objects with others, use disinfectant and wipe down surfaces. Putting these 10 ideas into practice should help you make it through this time of year with ease.