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Spread holiday cheer, not holiday germs

Cold and flu cases are at their peak over the next few months. While the flu is an inconvenience for healthy people, it can be serious for young children, the elderly or those with asthma, respiratory illness or chronic health conditions. Read on for our top tips to stay healthy this flu season.

If you do get sick, KRH Care Anywhere is available 24/7 during the holidays. Speak with a medical provider anytime, day or night, to get care for minor illnesses and injuries.

Healthy holiday tips

Wash your hands. Remember to wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.

Avoid spreading germs. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw away the tissue and then wash your hands. Keep your hands away from your mouth and eyes to avoid infection.

Get a flu shot. Flu vaccinations are the most reliable form of protection against certain strains of the flu virus. It takes up to two weeks for the flu vaccine to provide full immunity. The flu season can last until April and beyond, so it’s not too late to get your shot.

Stay home when you’re sick. Stop the spread of colds and flu by staying home when you’re sick. If possible, stay home from the onset of your symptoms until 24 hours after your fever is gone. If this is not possible, stay at least 3 feet away from other people and avoid meetings, parties or other group events until you are better.

Clean frequently touched surfaces. The flu virus can remain on surfaces for up to 48 hours. Use soap and water, a bleach-based solution or disinfectant with an “EPA approved” label to wipe down surfaces and remove the flu virus.