Preventing Infections During the Holidays

The Holiday Season is finally upon us. While most of us look forward to enjoying our favorite treats and spending quality time with loved ones, the changes in routine and traveling during this time of year can be an added stress for chronic disease patients.

The colder weather and traveling plans can increase the risk of infection for patients with compromised immune systems.

Follow these helpful tips to help prevent infections during the holidays:

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General Safety Tips

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Keep your distance from anyone showing symptoms of a cold or flu
  • Speak to your doctor about getting vaccinated against influenza and COVID-19
  • Continue wearing a mask when using public transportation and while spending time with people you don’t live with, especially when you are in a closed environment

Food Safety Tips

  • Only eat food from trusted sources, and avoid eating street food or foods that are undercooked
  • Make sure all leftovers are packed and refrigerated soon after you finish eating. This will help control the reproduction of bacteria
  • Don’t share eating utensils or drinking glasses

Keep Healthy Habits

It’s easy to forget to unwind and rest during this time of year, but healthy habits help boost your immune system, so remember to:

  • Take time each day to relax and do something you enjoy
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Stay as active as your condition permits
  • Avoid excessive drinking
  • Eat as healthy as you can

Don’t Forget to Take Your Medication

The Holiday Season can be hectic, making it easier to forget to take your medication. To help with this, try setting your phone alarm.

It’s also important to keep up with your infusion therapy and doctor appointments. Make sure to inform your physician about your travel plans and schedule your appointment accordingly.

Also ensure you know how to reach your physician in an emergency. If your doctor isn’t available, they will likely leave a referral, so make sure to get their contact information.

Travel Safety Tips

Your chronic condition should not keep you from enjoying travel and visiting with friends and family. These tips can help keep you safe during your travels:

  • Make an appointment with your doctor before you travel so they can evaluate if you are fit for travel or not
  • Check your travel destination for any outbreaks
  • Make sure to take enough prescription medication to last the duration of your trip and a little extra in case of travel delays
  • Wear a mask while on the plane

We hope this Holiday Season is joyous and safe for you and your loved ones.

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