How to stay healthy over the holidays

By Greg Fry
December 22, 2017 - 12:28pm Updated: December 22, 2017 - 2:09pm

KAMLOOPS — 'Tis the season for holiday cheer, and on occasion, holiday illness.

Interior Health says it's not unusual this time of year for health facilities to experience outbreaks of gastrointestinal illness and respiratory infections, and notes both are highly contagious.

Gastrointestinal illness is generally caused by viruses and bacteria and occassionally from the toxins created by bacteria. The bug is spread from person to person through germs in the stool or vomit of infected people.

Respiratory infections, which can be caused by the flu, are spread through droplets containing the virus or bacteria when an infected person coughs or sneezes. 

With that in mind, here are some tips from Interior Health to help you avoid getting sick over the holidays:

  • Don't visit if you are feeling unwell. Stay home and chat via phone instead.
  • Wash your hands frequently, particulary after coughing or sneezing.
  • Cough into your elbow or a tissue.
  • Get a flu shot. It's not too late as the flu season starts in December and lasts until at least April.
  • Wear a mask.

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