Answers to Common Holiday Health Questions

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about holiday health.

What simple steps can people take to reduce their risk of becoming sick during the holidays?

Dr. Diller talks about reducing the risk of sickness during the holidays. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.  

 

The holidays are a time that are supposed to be dedicated to celebration, giving thanks, friends and family, but they can also become busy, hectic and somewhat overwhelming, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

There are a few simple steps you can take to help you stay healthy during the holiday season, according to the CDC, including:

  • Hand washing – Wash your hands often to avoid getting sick and avoid spreading germs to others. Wash your hands with soap in warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and warm running water are not available, the next best option is alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Get vaccinated – Flu shots usually become available in the fall, so you and your family can get them and be prepared for the holidays.
  • Stay warm – Being exposed to cold temperatures can cause serious health problems, especially for babies and the elderly. Be sure to stay dry and dress in layers to stay healthy and warm if you have to go outside.
  • Manage stress – Try your best to find a balance between work, home and celebrating. It’s important to try your best to avoid over commitment and over spending and to try to get enough sleep.
  • Eat healthy – Holiday meals are delicious, but stuffing yourself won’t help you stay healthy. Try to eat your holiday favorites in moderation and work fruits and vegetables into appetizers and snacks.
  • Stay active – Though the holidays are a busy time, you can still find time for staying active. Activities, such as dancing to your favorite holiday tunes, can get you in the spirit of the season while keeping you healthy, too.

For more tips on how to keep from getting sick this holiday season, talk with your doctor.

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Source: Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Ann DeClue, MD, Ann DeClue, MD; Andrew Diller, MD, Brookville Family Care; Joshua Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Christopher Lauricella, DO, Family Medicine of Vandalia