The time of year is upon us when the holiday festivities are soon to begin. Although it’s an exciting time to come together with family and friends; the change of seasons can take a great toll on our health. Sneezing and runny noses become extremely common as the colder temperatures set in.
This serves as the perfect opportunity to take inventory of your current health. Ensure vaccinations are up-to-date for you and your family. In addition, getting your annual flu shot can contribute to better health this holiday season and into the New Year.
Routine exams and screenings can help find prospective problems early, when the chances for treatment are often better. Schedule an appointment with your family physician for your yearly check-up and express any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.
Holiday Health & Safety Tips
The holidays offer a perfect opportunity to reflect on what we are most thankful for; especially appreciating the gift of health. The CDC offers some wholesome tips for your family to practice in order to enjoy a healthy and active holiday season:
1. Avoid Germs When Possible- Following the 20-second rule of washing your hands with warm, soapy water can prevent spreading germs. Always cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
2. Stay Warm- Colder temperatures can cause serious health problems, particularly in infants and elders. Bundle up in the early mornings and evenings.
- Have your heating system services professionally to make sure it is clean and working properly.
- Inspect and clean fireplaces and chimneys.
- Have a safe alternate heating source.
3. Manage Stress- Balance work, home, holiday spending, and play. Make sure you and your family gets enough sleep and keep a relaxed and positive attitude.
4. Travel Safely- The roads and airports are most congested during the holiday season; with travelers eager to get to their destination. Ensure you and your passengers use a safety belt and always buckle your infant or toddler in their car seat or booster seat.
5. Handle & Prepare Food Safely- While preparing holiday meals, wash hands and surfaces often. Cook foods to proper temperature and refrigerate promptly when necessary. Do not leave perishable foods out for more than 1-2 hours.
6. Eat Healthy, and be Active- You and your loved ones can enjoy the holidays the healthy way with balance and moderation. Limit fats, salt, and sugary foods in your holiday menus. Help keep you and your teens active for at least an hour each day.
With the heightened potential to become ill during the fall and winter seasons; it is more important than ever to ensure you receive exceptional medical treatment in the event of an emergency.
While attending holiday parties, traveling in the cold weather, or while out looking for the perfect gifts for your loved ones; MedicAlert is there to speak for you when unable to speak for yourself.
With MedicAlert’s 24/7 Emergency Response and Family Notification services; you can have the peace of mind in knowing first responders can immediately be made aware of your complete health history and treatment needs!