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Prevent a blue, cough, cough Christmas

by Erin Cox | Dec 22, 2015
sick on ChristmasWith Christmas at the end of the week and several holiday parties going on now, it is important to remember some basic health practices to stay healthy this holiday season.

You don’t want to have to stay home sick singing “Blue Christmas” while your family and friends are celebrating together.

With just a few simple steps, you can be sure to have a healthy holiday season so that you can enjoy time with friends and family.

1.       Wash hands often. You visit and mingle with a lot of people during the holidays as you share in the holiday cheer. To prevent the spreading of germs, it is important to remember to wash your hands. One trick is to sing the chorus of “Jingle Bells” twice, about 20 seconds, while washing your hands with soap and water.

2.       Get vaccinated. Vaccinations help prevent the spread of diseases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend everyone older than 6 months should receive a flu vaccination each year.

3.       Prepare food safely.  It is important to remember to wash your hands and surfaces while cooking. To avoid cross contamination of food, you should wash your hands, use clean utensils, and wash the surface area of where you are cooking. Also, check the proper temperatures foods must be cooked to and if you’re saving leftovers, put them away before taking that after-meal nap.

Happy Holidays!