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How to stay healthy during the holidays

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Posted at 12:40 PM, Nov 28, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Wash your hands.

Wash your hands.

Wash your hands.

That is what Lexington-Fayette County Health Department Spokesman Kevin Hall advises year-round but especially during the holidays.

"You're greeting people with hugs the handshakes the close contact, it's very easy for people to get sick, and it can wipe the whole family out so everyone is miserable going into the long weekend," said Hall.

Those most likely to catch a sickness are who many Americans spend time with during the holidays.

"If you've got elderly people in your home, if there are babies in the home, they are the most susceptible to these illnesses," said Hall. "So a few extra steps of precaution, and it sounds overdramatic, but it's true, it can save their lives, because the flu can kill or severely complicate our elderly population in their young populations. So a few extra steps, really go a long way."

Hall said beyond washing hands, making sure you got your flu shot at least two weeks before seeing family is incredibly important.

During Thanksgiving, the Health Department suggests you concede to making new traditions.

Hall said, "If you've got that fever you're coughing or sneezing hacking. Nobody wants you doing that in the mashed potatoes. So, let somebody else. Share your recipe let someone else step in, maybe it's a new tradition that one of the kids can learn how to make that dish."