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Hillcrest Healthy Holidays Part II

Photo: A Christmas tree up against a gold wallWith large family gatherings, parties, trips to the shopping mall, and travel, the holidays mean you will be around lots and lots of people—and lots and lots of germs. What can you do about all those germs? There are a number of things you can do to limit your exposure to viruses and bacteria—and protect others from them as well.

First, if you’re throwing a holiday party or event, when preparing food make sure any surfaces ingredients may touch are kept scrupulously clean. In addition, wash your hands well and often. Foods that require cooking should be cooked for the proper time and at the proper temperature. Skimping on either could be a recipe for disaster. Foods that require chilling should be kept in the refrigerator or on ice until just before they’re served and should not be left out for more than 2 hours. Be sure to provide serving utensils for each item and encourage guests to use them rather than their own individual utensils or fingers. Also, discourage double dipping by serving bite-sized dipping pieces. In addition, make soap and clean towels easily accessible in your guest bathroom.

If you attend a party or other holiday event, keep track of your own glasses, plates, and utensils. Don’t share utensils or drinks with others or eat off of other people’s plates. If it appears food has been sitting out too long or isn’t being kept at the proper temperature, it’s best not to eat it.

Be courteous to others. If you’re sick, stay home. If you have to attend an event but are under the weather, warn others that you are sick. Wash your hands well and often, keep anti-bacterial wipes handy, and always cover your mouth if you cough or sneeze. Not sure how long to wash your hands to be sure they’re thoroughly clean? Sing “Happy Birthday” once through while you lather.

Last but not least, get your flu shot! Not only will it protect you from getting the flu, it will keep you from spreading flu germs. It’s hard for the flu to spread when all potential carriers are protected. Where can you get your flu shot? At HillcrestMedical, we wish you and yours a happy, healthy holiday! For the best Dallas urgent care come to HillcrestMedical.

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