Although the holiday season might be “the most wonderful time of the year,” it’s not quite so wonderful on your immune system. Between the colder temperatures and indoor gatherings with family and friends, we’re all at higher risk of catching and spreading illnesses during the holiday season, particularly seasonal flu and COVID-19. To keep yourself and your loved ones healthy, try following these simple steps while you celebrate this year.
1. Stick to small gatherings
Because winter holiday gatherings usually take place indoors, viruses can spread quickly and easily. To slow the potential spread of any sickness, try keeping your holiday gatherings smaller, especially if some guests are unvaccinated or at a higher health risk.
2. Stay home if you’re feeling sick
Skipping parties might seem like a disappointing way to spend your holidays, but it is a necessary part of slowing the spread of illnesses and keeping your loved ones healthy. So, consider canceling your holiday plans if you’re feeling under the weather.
3. Most importantly, get vaccinated for both COVID-19 and seasonal flu
Vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and those around you against a virus. This holiday season, with the continued presence of COVID-19 and flu season at its peak, being immunized against both viruses is more important than ever. If you haven’t been immunized against COVID-19 or seasonal flu, you can get both vaccines at the same time and help stop the spread of both viruses this season. To get vaccinated for COVID-19, visit one of the many NY State sites or NYC sites or retail locations, or consult the CDC’s comprehensive vaccine finder. To get a seasonal flu vaccine, make an appointment with ACPNY today.