Families come together during the holidays and, unfortunately, so do germs. Not only are you at risk of getting sick, but others around you, including grandma, are at risk, too! Check out these tips to ensure its only gifts you are giving away this holiday season.

Wash Your Hands

Improving hand hygiene is an important step to prevent sickness and the spread of germs. Be sure to wash your hands before eating or preparing food, after using the restroom, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. It is also important to wash your hands before visiting with someone with a compromised immune system. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer will also work to clear your hands of germs before visiting Grandpa at the retirement community.

Cover Your Mouth

Use a tissue when coughing and sneezing. Be sure to cover both your nose and mouth to prevent the spread of germs. If you do not have a tissue, use the inner bend of your elbow or sleeve.

Get Vaccinated

Vaccination is the most important step in preventing the flu. Patient First offers flu shots every day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and you may walk into any center to receive one.

Keep Away

Avoid close contact with someone that is sick. This also means avoiding close contact with your family members if you are sick as well. If you are feeling under the weather, stay home and rest.