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4 Ways to Have a Healthy Holiday Season

Discover vaccinations and other preventive practices for a healthy holiday season.

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Influenza (flu) virus activity usually peaks during the winter months between December and February. The CDC estimates from October 1, 2023, through November 18, 2023, there have been:

  • 1.8 – 3.6 million flu illnesses

  • 17,000 – 36,000 flu hospitalizations

  • 810,000 – 1,700,000 flu medical visits

  • 1,100 – 3,100 flu deaths

Discover four ways to reduce flu risk and stay healthy this holiday season:

#2 Get Pneumococcal Shots

Pneumococcal pneumonia is a serious flu-related complication. Adults aged 65+ have a 6.1x greater risk compared to healthy adults ages 18-64. Moreover, this group of older adults has a 10x higher risk of pneumococcal pneumonia hospitalization than younger adults.

Medicare Part B covers pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCVs), specifically: PCV15, PCV20, and PCV23.

#3 Practice Good Health Habits

The CDC recommends the following healthy habits to help protect against flu:

  • Avoid close contact with sick people

  • Stay home when you are sick to prevent the viral spread

  • When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose

  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer

#4 Disinfect Frequently Touched Surfaces

The CDC recommends you routinely clean frequently touched objects and surfaces, including:

  • Doorknobs

  • Phones

  • Other commonly used devices like keyboards and tablets

Have a Healthy Holiday Season

To stay healthy this holiday season, please take the following preventive actions:

  • Get your flu vaccine and pneumococcal shot

  • Practice good health habits

  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces

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