Christmas is meant to be a joyous time filled with sparkling lights, holiday displays, and time spent with those we cherish the most. Yet as the holiday season approaches, so does our risk of catching and spreading the flu.
Why do we get sick when the holidays arrive?
While the influenza virus and common cold germs are actually what cause you to feel unwell, its no coincidence we become more susceptible to illness during Christmastime. Mounting pressure and anxiety during the holidays causes us to release more of the body’s stress hormone, cortisol, which weakens the immune system. Being in close quarters more frequently with others at Christmas parties, family gatherings, and events during the holidays makes flu transmission even more likely.
Typically there is an uptick in reported influenza infections after Christmas. This year, however, the CDC is reporting the flu season is off to its earliest and fiercest start in over a decade. Higher-than-normal flu activity has been documented in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. Flu-related hospitalizations are also rising earlier than usual.
Christmas Flu Busters
What can you do to avoid feeling run-down and sick this Christmas? Follow these simple tips for holiday wellness:
- Keep cozy – Stabilizing your body temperature is an important precaution to ward off influenza. The immune system could be weakened by cold or wet temperature conditions, leaving you more susceptible to illness. Older adults and children are especially encouraged to bundle up and layer loose fitting clothing. If you’ve been out in cold weather for an extended period of time, say while skiing, snowboarding, or shoveling snow, take a warm shower or bath when your return indoors. This will also help clear your nasal passages and any lingering congestion.
- If you’re staying with relatives or traveling with family this Christmas, do not share personal items such as toothbrushes, wash clothes, or any other items that touch another person’s face. Since the influenza virus primarily enters the body through the mouth and nose, its imperative to keep these passageways protected.
- Take a break – Christmas can be a frantic time, but mounting stress from the holiday season can be detrimental to your immune system. Avoid the flu by managing your stress in healthy ways: cut down on social functions, practice relaxation techniques, or treat yourself to something special like a massage.
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