Preparing for a Safe and Healthy Holiday Season

Preparing for a Safe and Healthy Holiday Season

As the holiday season draws near and the temperatures drop, it’s important to prioritize our health and well-being. The City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) is urging the community to take precautions to stay healthy and safe during the upcoming festivities and family gatherings. While the original article emphasized routine vaccinations and healthy nutrition, there are other vital aspects to consider as well.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What vaccinations are recommended for the fall and winter seasons?

Immunizations are now available for three major respiratory illnesses – flu, COVID-19, and RSV. It is crucial to receive these recommended vaccines to protect ourselves and others from serious illnesses.

2. Should I attend gatherings if I feel sick?

It is highly advisable to stay home if you experience any symptoms of illness. This is especially important if there are individuals present who may be more vulnerable, such as those with weakened immune systems.

3. How can I promote a healthy holiday season through nutrition?

Eating nutritious meals contributes significantly to our overall well-being. The ¡Viva Health! program by Metro Health offers various resources, including healthy eating on a budget, meal planners, and informative flyers, to help individuals, businesses, and community organizations make healthier food choices.

4. What role does physical activity play in staying healthy?

Engaging in regular physical activity can have numerous benefits, such as reducing anxiety and improving sleep quality. Incorporate simple activities like taking extra steps while shopping, walking to see holiday lights, volunteering, or even winter hiking.


While routine vaccinations and healthy nutrition are essential for a safe holiday season, it is equally important to stay home if feeling unwell, monitor symptoms, and engage in physical activity. Metro Health remains dedicated to providing vaccines and information to the community, ensuring that everyone has access to necessary resources. Let’s prioritize our health for a joyful, healthy, and safe holiday season.

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