How Can I Avoid Getting Sick This Holiday Season?

The holidays are here, and we are so excited! No matter which holidays you observe and the traditions you partake in, you want to be able to stay as healthy as possible to not miss out on the fun ahead.

While that may seem overwhelming or even impossible to do at times, there are strategies that you can use every day to avoid getting sick before your important festivities.

Read on as our AFC Urgent Care Mooresville team explains some different ways to avoid illness as you ring in the holiday season.

How Can I Avoid Infection?

The key to avoid getting sick at this time of year is to take care of yourself. There are all kinds of infections and illnesses circulating around us at any given time, so if you are feeling rundown or less than your best, an infection can easily get past your immune system and make you lounge on the couch for days or longer.

Wash your hands often with warm water and soap and try to avoid spending time in large crowds, especially if you know someone in the gathering is sick. Aim for between seven and nine hours of sleep each night, and eat a healthy diet. All of this comes together to ensure your body has what it needs to stay healthy, and it supports a stronger immune system that can fight off illness more effectively if you are feeling your best.

Additional Holiday Health Tips

  • Bundle up when it is cold outside.
  • Get your flu vaccine.
  • Limit alcohol consumption.
  • Wear your seatbelt while traveling.

How Can I Avoid Foodborne Illness?

One of the more unsuspecting category of illnesses that can take you by surprise at this time of year is foodborne illnesses. You may be a great cook or your mother-in-law may whip up a wonderful table spread, but there is always the risk that someone will get sick the longer the food sits out.

Be sure to prepare any meat to its recommended temperature, and have everyone begin eating soon after the meal has been served. Store any leftovers promptly and toss any perishable food that has been sitting out for over two hours. The longer it sits out, the higher the risk of bacteria growing on it that can make everyone at your gathering feel really ill just a few days later.

Additional Food Safety Tips

  • Use designated cutting boards for raw meat and produce.
  • Wash hands before handling food.
  • Don’t cook for others when you aren’t feeling well.
  • Understand specific allergies or dietary restrictions for those attending your party.

We wish you a safe and happy holiday season! Come see us at AFC Urgent Care Mooresville if you aren’t feeling well.