Health tips for holidays

Justin Hamrick OCHD Health Educator

Tis the season for festivities, family, fun — and unfortunately flu and other pathogens. It’s not too late to get your flu shot and keep yourself safe. Contact the Osage County Health Department for a flu-shot appointment with no out-of pocket-cost, by calling 918-287-3740.

There’s been a certain stomach bug and flu going around, and Osage County Health Department would like to provide a few tips to help keep you safe and healthy during this holiday season and time of year:

1. Wash your hands often — with soap and warm, clean, running water, and rub them together for at least 20 seconds. You can also use hand sanitizer intermittently, but don’t overuse it.

2. Stay warm — cold temperatures can cause serious health problems due to the weakening of the immune system, especially in infants and older adults. Stay dry, and dress warmly in several layers.

3. Manage stress — keep your commitments and spending in check. Stress is related to your immune response, and the more stressed you are, the weaker your immune system.

4. Keep your living space clean — if a family member gets sick, make sure to properly wash and disinfect spaces that they regularly hang out.

5. Keep up-to-date on vaccinations — get that flu shot.

6. Get check-ups and regular screenings — if you’re feeling ill, see your primary care physician or visit a clinic. Waiting may just let it get worse.

7. Eat healthy and be active — healthy diet and exercise are related to the strength of your immune system. A healthier diet and proper exercise equals a stronger immune system.

For additional information on how to stay healthy during the holiday season, visit