How to avoid getting sick during holidays — Share joy, not germs
Tis the season for sharing joy not germs! The highly anticipated Christmas and holiday season has finally arrived! Looking forward to our favorite treats quality time to catch up with loved ones and the opportunity to share joy and gifts with others we are also hoping to have a happy healthy holiday season. Here are a few tips for how to avoid getting sick and protect yourself from catching a winter illness.
Be sure to get your vaccines
- The influenza vaccine is very important to preventing the spread of the flu virus and minimizing the severity of illness.
- Talk to your healthcare provider and see which vaccines are appropriate for you.
- Ask if the pneumonia vaccines (Prevnar or Pneumovax) is appropriate for you
- Increased stress in your life can lower your immune system and increase your likelihood of becoming ill. Plan ahead. Take time for yourself. Find ways to unwind to avoid getting sick.
Practice Hand Hygiene
- Wash your hands frequently
- Wash hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds or more rubbing hands thoroughly and cleaning beneath fingernails
- Apply hand sanitizer (>60% alcohol-based): apply dime sized amount and rub over both hands until dry
- Be sure to wash after use of the restroom before and after touching food after sneezing or coughing after touching animals
Safely prepare your food
- Thoroughly cook meats. Prepare raw meats on separate surfaces than fruits and vegetables to avoid getting sick from food poisoning.
- Wash fruits and vegetables before cooking or eating
- Properly cover and store left over food
Enjoy in moderation
- Holiday meals are known for their delicious rich flavors and (not so healthy) ingredients. This is a time to enjoy the special treats though be cautious to not overindulge to prevent worsening of chronic conditions such as diabetes heart failure and hypertension.
- Incorporate fun physical activity such as dancing or playing games into your holiday gatherings to keep your body moving. As we are active this will help to improve mood blood pressure sugar control…and help to balance out our favorite treats! Shoot for activity at least 150 minutes per week.
We wish you a wonderful healthy holiday season! Remember to share joy rather than germs!
If you have any questions or would like to know more about health or infection prevention we would be happy to talk with you at Reid Family and Specialty Care in New Castle.
The CDC website is also a great resource: https://www.cdc.gov/family/holiday/12ways.htm