These days it's not always the Grinch that steals Christmas — it's the flu and COVID. During colder seasons, the spread of viruses is at an all-time high, making it easier to contract them if you do not take precautions.
The holiday season is full of celebration, family, and valuable memories. Protect you and your family this holiday by following these tips below.
Getting the proper vaccinations is key to preventing future illnesses. It is recommended by the CDC that everyone 6 months or older should get annual flu shots. CDC also recommends COVID-19 vaccines for everyone ages 6 months or older, and boosters for everyone ages 5 years and older if eligible.
Wear the appropriate clothing during this season. It is essential to stay warm and dry to help your body's ability to fight off viruses and infections.
It's easy to find yourself overwhelmed during the holidays. Avoid stress by giving yourself a break. Stress creates a hormone in your body called cortisol, which can suppress your immune system's efficiency in fighting off viruses and infections by decreasing the number of lymphocytes that appear in the blood and interfering with normal white blood cell communication.
Wash Your Hands
Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds will help prevent the spread of germs.
Eat Healthy, Be Active
Consuming more vegetables and fruit that pack necessary nutrients can help lower risks of certain diseases and help build the immune system. Keep foods high in fat, salt, and sugar to a minimum. It is recommended by the CDC to be active for at least 2½ hours a week.
Enjoy this holiday season by protecting you and your family from potential illnesses. A healthier you makes a happier holiday!