Staying Healthy Over the Holidays
During the holiday season, traveling, hosting visitors and participating in holiday activities increases your potential exposure to germs and illnesses. Here are tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help keep your family healthy.
Wash your hands often. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water, and rub them together for at least 20 seconds.
Stay warm. Cold temperatures can cause serious health problems, especially for infants and older adults. Stay dry and dress in layers.
Be smoke-free. Avoid smoking and breathing in other people’s smoke. If you smoke and would like to quit, call 800-QUIT-NOW or ask your health care provider for help.
Get necessary checkups and vaccinations. Exams and screenings can help find potential problems early, and vaccinations help prevent diseases and save lives. Schedule these exams and screenings with your health care provider.
Prevent injuries. Use step stools instead of climbing on furniture when hanging decorations. Keep candles away from children, pets, trees and curtains. Never leave fireplaces, stoves or candles unattended.
Handle and prepare food safely. Wash hands and surfaces often. Avoid cross-contamination by keeping raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs away from ready-to-eat foods and eating surfaces. Do not leave perishable foods out for more than two hours.