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Kristina Duda, R.N.

Stay Healthy This Thanksgiving

By November 19, 2012

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If you are lucky enough to not have a cold or the flu right now, make sure you keep it that way during the holidays this week. As people across the US gather with friends and family to celebrate Thanksgiving, many will be bringing their germs with them.

Whether you a traveling or hosting the festivities this year, there are things you can do to minimize your chances of getting sick. Be vigilant about washing your hands, keep plenty of hand sanitizer nearby and do your best to stay away from people who are sick.

We have plenty of other tips for staying healthy this year in the following articles as well:

If you have any tips or tricks of your own, be sure to share them here!


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November 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm
(1) Marie says:

My little sister and I sleep in the same room. She woke up coughing so she went back to sleep. (I just thought she had a little tickle in her throat or a little cold). She woke up about 35 minutes later, saying she felt like she was going to throw up (nausea) and her head hurt (headache)… She went on the couch watching t.v. (still is now) and about 15 minutes later… Threw up. She was cold so I gave her a blanket and made her tea and a little breakfast so she doesn’t barf again. Didn’t eat a thing… Didn’t throw up either but is still very much sick. Will I get sick?? Tomorrow is thanksgiving and I CAN’T BE SICK! I used a napkin to touch everything and I’m trying to stay out of the same rooms. I just washed my hands and I febrezed everything and I have windex and soap by my side… Will I be fine?? And what’s wrong with my lil sister??

November 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm
(2) Kristina Duda, RN says:

It sounds like your sister probably has a stomach virus. I’m sorry she is sick, but the best thing for her to do is try to get some rest and not try to eat anything for a while. At this point, there may not be any way for you to avoid if you have already been exposed to her germs, but your best options are to wash your hands a lot, don’t share anything for now and clean as much as you can. The incubation period for stomach bugs can be anywhere from a few hours to a few days, so if you do get it, you may or may not be sick tomorrow. Unfortunately there is no way to tell right now. I’m sorry. I hope you are able to avoid it and I hope your sister is feeling better soon. This article about what to do when you are vomiting might help you also. Happy Thanksgiving!

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