How To Stay Healthy This Holiday Season
Viruses are transmitted through close contact with an infected person, or by touching objects or surfaces that are contaminated with the virus and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes. Typical signs of illness include upper respiratory symptoms such as cough, runny nose, sneezing, body/muscle aches and possibly low-grade fever.
Family caregivers should be aware that elderly individuals with weakened immune systems or underlying medical conditions, such as asthma, may experience severe complications and require hospitalization with supportive therapy.
The preventive steps you can take to avoid becoming ill include:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. Hand sanitizers are not effective against some viruses
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid kissing, hugging and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as telephones and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick
As winter is fast approaching, seniors and their caregivers need to be extra cautious. Do not hesitate to contact your healthcare provider if you show symptoms of any cold, flu or virus.
Additionally, the Town of Morristown offers flu shots Tuesday 9am-4pm and Fridays 9am to 12:00pm at Town Hall, 200 South Street. More information can be found at the town website www.townofmorristown.org