According to the Washington State Department of Health, the 2016-17 flu season took a record number of lives, claiming 276 deaths. The best way to keep yourself from getting the flu is by getting vaccinated.

Kaiser Permanente discussed how the flu immunization can be a safe and efficient option to fight the flu. The shot is usually covered by most insurance plans.

To keep yourself safe, here are seven other flu defense tips:

  1. Stay home if you’re feeling ill.
  2. Wash your hands often and use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  3. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, using a tissue or sleeve, but not your hands.
  4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  5. Eat healthy foods and get plenty of rest and physical activity.
  6. Avoid close contact with sick people.
  7. Contact a doctor if you are not getting better.