Contact: Scott Turske
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 05, 2019
Practice Healthy Habits to Avoid Illness This Holiday Season
As we move into the holiday season, the Macomb County Health Department encourages residents to practice healthy habits to protect themselves and others against colds and flu. Flu activity increases during the holidays, as people are gathering and spending time together in close contact. Therefore, it’s important to take steps that decrease the risk of illness.
Practice these healthy habits to protect yourself and others against colds and flu:
- Get your flu shot. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every year. Flu vaccine can reduce flu related illnesses and the risk of serious flu complications.
- Wash hands often. Proper hand washing prevents germs from spreading. Wash hands after using the restroom, changing a diaper, before eating and/or preparing food, and after sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose. Wet hands and apply soap. Rub hands for at least 20 seconds (singing the “Happy Birthday” song twice is a good way to ensure that you spend enough time), scrubbing all surfaces, before rinsing and drying hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Flu and cold germs can spread by kissing, hugging, shaking hands, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces. Germs can live on surfaces for hours and sometimes days. Clean surfaces often with soap and water, and disinfect areas like kitchens and bathrooms regularly – especially if someone in the house is ill. Look for an EPA registered disinfectant, or use unscented household bleach (1 tbsp. of bleach to 1 gallon of cool water). Let surfaces air dry after applying disinfectant.
- Stay home when sick, to rest and recover more quickly and prevent germs from spreading to others.
- Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue. The air that comes out of your mouth when you cough or sneeze may contain germs. Always throw away the tissue and wash your hands afterwards.
“The flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your families against flu,” said William Ridella, Director/Health Officer for the Macomb County Health Department. “It is also important to be mindful of these additional critical actions that can be taken to help prevent yourself and others from getting sick this holiday season.”
The Macomb County Health Department has seasonal flu vaccines available at its Mount Clemens, St. Clair Shores, and Warren health centers. Locations include:
- Central Health Service Center - 43525 Elizabeth Road, Mount Clemens, MI 48043
Phone: (586) 469-5235
Hours: Monday and Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Tuesday
and Friday: closed
- Southeast Health Service Center - 25401 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores, MI 48081
Phone: (586) 466-6800
Hours: Monday: 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Tuesday and Friday - 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Wednesday
and Thursday: closed
- Southwest Health Service Center - 27690 Van Dyke, Warren, MI 48093
Phone: (586) 465-8090
Hours: Monday: closed, Tuesday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
A $20 charge for each flu vaccination is payable with cash or check. Medicare Part B, Medicaid and some commercial insurances can be billed for flu vaccines and other recommended immunizations.
In addition, flu vaccines are also available at most doctor’s offices and pharmacies. To find a location near you, visit https://vaccinefinder.org/.
If you have questions about immunizations, including the seasonal flu vaccine, please call any of the locations identified above and ask to speak with an Immunization Program Registered Nurse, or visit http://health.macombgov.org/Health-Programs-FamilyHealthServices-ImmunizationClinic- SeasonalFluInformation.
About the Macomb County Health Department
In partnership with the communities we serve, the mission of the Macomb County Health Department is to protect the health and well-being of all who live, work, and play in Macomb County. We pursue our mission by providing a wide range of programs and services that are delivered by Environmental Health Services, Family Health Services, Community Health Planning and Promotion, and our Disease Prevention and Control program. For more information, visit: https://health.macombgov.org/Health- Home.
43525 Elizabeth Road, Mount Clemens, MI, 48043
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