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Following Basic Rules Lowers Risk of Sickness

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People can follow some basic health rules to keep themselves and their loved ones healthy while traveling this holiday season, including getting their flu shots.

High numbers of people traveling this weekend for the holidays brings with it the risk of exposure to lots of germs.

First District Health Unit Immunization Coordinator Melissa Fettig says it's important to wash your hands, as well as use disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer. And, make sure to keep your fingers out of your mouth.

Also, it's not too late to get your annual flu shot as well as the TDAP shot to help protect yourself from the flu, as well as tetanus and pertussis, otherwise known as whooping cough.

 Fettig says that the areas of high traffic, such as airport terminals, are the places you'll find most germs.

Once you get home for the holidays, don't forget to be mindful of your loved one's health.

"When you're together, congregating at your family or friend's home, is that, any time that you're in an enclosed area, that is where it's the most easiest for germs to spread," Fettig says. "So that's when you want to use the best etiquette when it comes to coughs and sneezes and hand washing because when you're all together like that, it just makes it so much easier for things to spread."

It's important to keep these health rules in mind if you're around babies and infants, whose immune systems are still developing.
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