7 Must Knows on Winter and Holiday Health and Safety

54db54f1c38e184df250bb0f9dd06f3cThe holidays are a great opportunity to enjoy time with family and friends, celebrate life, to be grateful, and reflect on what’s important. They are also a time to appreciate the gift of health. Here are some holiday tips to support your efforts for health and safety this season.

1. Keep your hands clean by washing them often.

Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Wash your hands often with soap and clean running water, and rub them together for at least 20 seconds. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands. Remember:

  • 1a. Cover Your Mouth When You Cough (cough into your sleeve or elbow NOT your hands)
  • 1b. Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives

2. Stay warm.

Cold temperatures can cause serious health problems, especially in infants and older adults. Stay dry, and dress warmly in several layers. Remember:

  • 2a. Stay dry
  • 2b. Dress in warm layers

3. Manage stress.

The holidays don’t need to take a toll on your health and pocketbook. Keep your commitments and spending in check. Balance work, home, and play. Get support from family and friends. Keep a relaxed and positive outlook. Make sure to get proper sleep. Remember:

  • 3a. Don’t overcommit – to parties, events, or volunteer work
  • 3b. Get enough sleep
  • 3c. Don’t overspend

4. Travel safely.

Whether you’re traveling across town or around the world, help ensure your trip is safe. Don’t drink and drive, and don’t let someone else drink and drive. Wear a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a motor vehicle. Always buckle your child in the car using a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt appropriate for his/her height, weight, and age. Remember:

  • 4a. Don’t drink and drive
  • 4b. Don’t ride with anyone drinking and driving
  • 4c. Wear your seatbelt all the time, even for short distances
  • 4d. Always buckle in the children
  • 4e. Use the right car safety restraint for your child’s age/height/weight

5. Be smoke-free.

Avoid smoking and breathing other people’s smoke. If you smoke, quit today! Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or talk to your health care provider for help.

6. Get check-ups.

Exams and screenings can help find potential problems early, when the chances for treatment and cure are often better. Call us at (901) 254-8040 about needed check-ups and exams. We can tell you on the phone about them or you can come to AFC/Doctors Express, no appointment needed, and see a doctor.

7. Get Vaccinations.

Vaccinations help prevent diseases and save lives. Our vaccination clinic partner is any Shot Nurse in the Memphis area. You may call Shot Nurse directly at (901) 685-9999 to ask them what vaccinations and tests you should get based on your age, lifestyle, travel plans, medical history, and family health history or click here to go to the Shot Nurse web site for more information on their vaccination services.

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