There are some simple steps you can take to help make sure your holiday is a healthy one.
The holiday season is the last time you want to be feeling under the weather. Use this checklist to help make sure your holidays are healthy:
Wash your hands. Washing your hands properly is one of the best ways to stop the spread of germs. Use clean, running water and soap. Scrub both the fronts and backs of hands, as well as between fingers and beneath fingernails. Wash for at least 20 seconds, then rinse under clean, running water and dry hands with a clean towel.
Get the flu vaccine. Whether by shot or nasal spray, receiving an annual flu vaccine is the number one thing you can do to help prevent getting and spreading the flu. The flu can be serious, especially to those at increased risk of complications.
Avoid foodborne illness. Practice the basics of food safety. Wash your hands and kitchen surfaces frequently. Separate raw foods from cooked foods. Cook all foods to their safe and proper doneness temperatures. And refrigerate cooked foods and leftovers promptly.
Practice fall prevention. Be sure steps and walkways have been sanded, salted and/or cleared. Wear proper non-slip footwear. Hold on to handrails. Also, remember to wipe up water from melted snow and ice on floors indoors.
To learn more about healthy living, getting a flu shot or other health concerns, talk with your doctor. Need to find a doctor? Use our Find a Physician service online or give us a call at 1-855-296-6265.