As the Holiday Season approaches Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County reminds you there are steps you can take to stay healthy throughout the holidays.
Holiday Tips for Healthy Celebrations
- Wash your hands often to avoid getting sick, especially after using the restroom and before preparing and eating food.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or the flu. Talk to your doctor to learn if there are treatments to help you feel better sooner.
- If you test positive for COVID-19, isolate for at least 5 days and until symptoms resolve, and wear a mask for 5 more days when around others.
- Stay up to date with vaccinations including the updated COVID-19 booster and the flu shot.
- When planning to get together, remember that both COVID-19 and flu vaccinations take two weeks to be fully effective.
- Protect others by limiting the size of gatherings, wearing a facemask, and testing before gathering with vulnerable friends and family.
- Improve ventilation in your home by bringing in fresh air to increase air flow. Consider using a filter to improve indoor air quality.
- Be accepting of others who wish to take added precautions to protect themselves or others.
- Consider wearing a mask on planes, trains, and buses during crowded holiday travel to avoid becoming infected or infecting others.
It is not too late to get your flu shot for the current flu season. Contact your local pharmacy or healthcare provider. In addition, Public Health is providing flu vaccinations at its clinic at located in the Reibold Building,
117 St. Main St. in downtown Dayton. To schedule an appointment call 937-225-4550.
And it is also not too late to start your COVID-19 vaccinations if you have not done so. Everyone 5 years and up can get the updated COVID-19 booster to protect you and your family from the current circulating types of COVID-19 this holiday season. To find a vaccine provider near you visit vaccines.gov or visit Public Health’s website at phdmc.org.