Enjoy the Holidays - don’t get sick - William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
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Enjoy the Holidays - don’t get sick

Wash your hands for 15 seconds.

Wash your hands for 15 seconds.

By Kathy Keckeisen RN, BSN, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, APNP
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Share your time, not the flu virus, with your family this holiday season.

With the holiday season upon us, people are traveling, shopping, and gathering with their families in close quarters. All of this can lead to more exposure to germs. So how do you stay flu-free?

The best protection against the flu is to get the vaccine.

  • Everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine.
  • It is especially important to get the vaccine if you, someone you live with, or someone you care for is at high risk of complications from the flu.
  • Mild reactions such as soreness, headaches, and fever are common side effects of the flu vaccine.

But there are other ways to keep you and your family healthy this holiday season. Follow these simple steps to stop the spread of germs:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. Rub for at least 15 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy food. .3
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.



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