Home Health Make sure respiratory viruses aren’t on the menu for your loved ones this Thanksgiving

Make sure respiratory viruses aren’t on the menu for your loved ones this Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and with it comes food feasts, fall festivities, and family flocks. also increases the risk of

With the respiratory virus epidemic season more severe than expected, it’s important to keep safety in mind.

For your reference, here are some things to keep in mind for Turkey Day.

vaccinate

Make sure you and your loved ones are up to date on both flu and COVID-19 vaccines/boosters.

Do I still need to be vaccinated?You can do it Visit the University Staff Health Clinic between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Get vaccinated Monday through Friday.

Patients and community members can book vaccines through MyChart or by visiting. uihc.org/flu-shot.

Skip the gathering if you or someone else is not feeling well

Many of us look forward to the holidays and spending time with our families. However, if you or someone else feels unwell, you risk passing the disease on to your loved ones.

If you feel unwell, please stay safe and skip the gathering to protect yourself and your family.

wash hands frequently

Whether you’re preparing food or not, it’s important to clean your hands frequently by washing with soap and water or using hand sanitizer.

Always wash your hands before and after eating and before preparing food.

avoid crowds

This can be difficult at family gatherings, but try to avoid crowds whenever possible.

If your family attends an indoor event, keep yourself and your loved ones away from crowds.

protect infants

Young children are particularly vulnerable to some respiratory diseases such as RSV. With the RSV vaccine not yet available, it’s important to avoid hugging, cuddling, or kissing young children. , helps limit the spread of germs and better protect them.

If you have newborns, consider limiting visitors during RSV season. Make sure your visitors are healthy, wash their hands upon entering your home and before holding your baby, and don’t kiss your baby. You can also ask visitors to wear masks to further reduce the risk.

Limit sharing of cups and utensils

Do not share cups or utensils.

This is always best practice as it limits the transmission of disease-causing germs and bacteria.

cover a cough

If you must cough, be sure to practice the “vampire cough”, pressing your hands into your chest and coughing into the bend of your elbow.

You may also consider wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria.

It is recommended that you wash your hands or use hand sanitizer immediately after coughing.

Disinfect high-touch surfaces

Use disinfectant sprays and wipes frequently to kill germs that may be lurking on frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs and handles, light switches and cabinets.

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