Fall has finally arrived, and while many of us are excited for a break from the heat, the dreaded cold and flu season will be upon us in no time. And while getting sick isn’t always avoidable, there are steps you can take to ensure you’re as prepared as possible to fight off cold and flu viruses. So let’s take a look at a few simple steps you can take to protect yourself this season.

Live a healthy lifestyle: Okay, we lied, this flu prevention tip isn’t especially simple. But keeping your body healthy is the number one most important thing you can do this cold and flu season. If your body isn’t healthy to begin with, it’s not going to be able to fight off the viruses that come your way. So you should take steps to make sure you’re as healthy as possible this fall. You can start by eating healthy, exercising at least three times per week, and getting seven to nine hours of sleep every night. In doing this, you can ensure your body’s immune system is healthy and strong enough to keep you free of any illnesses.

Keep your surroundings clean: If you work or live with other people, then you should know the dangers of spreading germs. Especially in a crowded workplace, viruses can spread rapidly. This is why it’s important for you to keep your surroundings as clean as possible. Aside from washing your hands regularly — especially before eating or touching your face — you should clean your workspace and shared spaces at work and at home as often as possible. Disinfectant wipes should be your new best friend this cold and flu season. And, if your flu prevention efforts have failed, stay home rather than exposing your co-workers to your germs.

Get your flu vaccine: Visiting your local urgent care clinic to get your flu vaccine is one of the easiest steps you can take to avoid getting yourself, and others, sick. And don’t make the mistake of thinking that you’re invincible and can’t get the flu — the flu virus changes constantly, which is why it’s important to get vaccinated every year. If you’re looking for an easy way to protect yourself against the flu, then get vaccinated. And with 85% of urgent care clinics being open seven days a week, it’s easier than ever to get your vaccine.

You don’t have to take drastic measures to keep yourself healthy. By getting a little more sleep and exercise, staying as germ-free as possible, and getting your flu vaccine, you should be prepared to fight off any illnesses that may come your way.