Prevention the key to a healthy holiday

Published 9:00 pm Saturday, November 23, 2013

Up to this point, Beaufort County has had a mild flu season. As families come together this holiday season, it will take diligence to keep illnesses at bay.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services offered several tips for the prevention and treatment of flu symptoms, none were more important than getting vaccinated.
Flu shots are still available at area pharmacies and medical offices. Most of the time, the shots are covered by medical insurance policies. Those without insurance can find flu shots for as little as $15.
Thanksgiving will be a cold one. That means you will have a household of germ-carriers invading your personal space. Do your part to limit the spread of colds and the flu.
Be sure to cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough. Using the inside of your elbow is the most effective way to do this.
Also, be sure to get plenty of rest. A weakened immune system makes you more susceptible to illnesses. Black Friday sales will actually start Thursday night. Start early on your food preparations and your travels, allowing plenty of time for the power nap that is sure to follow turkey consumption.
Wash your hands often. Be sure to use warm water and scrub for 15 to 20 seconds, about the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” or a verse of “Old MacDonald Had a Farm.”
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Touching contaminated surfaces and then touching your face will spread germs.
Lastly, be sure to disinfect your home with antibacterial cleaners like chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, detergents and iodine-based antiseptics.
Adopt the best preventative measures and you will have the best chance of having a happy, healthy holiday.