Have a Happy, Healthy Holiday

As the season changes and the weather gets colder, we are sure to hear about the colds and viruses that surface and make their rounds through everyone’s homes. During the holiday season, we really want to feel our best, so how can we protect ourselves and our loved ones from getting sick?
 
It is recommended by the Center for Disease Control that all healthy adults and children over 6 months of age get vaccinated for the flu; however, many people choose not to vaccinate. Since it is a personal choice, in addition to the shot, or in lieu of the shot, there are steps we can all take to reduce the risk of illness this holiday season.
 
Wash your hands. Your hands are the biggest threat to your health since they carry so many germs. By keeping your hands clean and away from your mouth, you will likely avoid most viruses. Disinfecting surfaces that are touched by a lot of people will also reduce your risk of picking up germs.
 
It is always important to stay hydrated, but during the holidays make even more of an effort. Social drinking at holiday parties can leave you feeling dehydrated. Staying hydrated keeps mucous membranes moist so they can better keep bugs out of your system.
 
Eat healthy, exercise and rest to stay in optimal shape. It sounds like a simple solution, but many of us get run down and forget to take care of ourselves during the rush of the season.