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Good Practices For Healthy Holidays

Are you planning on having a Happy Holiday?  Of course you are!  To make that happened, you want to stay healthy.  Livingston County Health Center Director Sherry Weldon offers a few tips that can help keep the holidays happy and healthy.

First up – Wash your hands 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 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.

Handle and prepare food safely!

As you prepare holiday meals, keep yourself and your family safe from food-related illnesses. Wash hands and surfaces often. Avoid cross-contamination by keeping raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs (including their juices) away from ready-to-eat foods and eating surfaces. Cook foods to the proper temperature. Refrigerate promptly. Do not leave perishable foods out for more than two hours

Stay Home if you’re sick!

The last thing grandma and grandpa need is to become ill this winter.  Newborn infants are vulnerable to many viruses that their immune system has not been exposed to yet.  If you or your child is sick do not attend holiday celebrations.  You’ll be doing everyone a favor.