As the holiday season approaches and temperatures drop, it’s important to prioritize our health and safety, especially as we look forward to celebrations and gatherings with family and friends. The City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) is offering valuable recommendations to help the community stay healthy during this festive time.
One essential tip is to ensure you are up to date with routine vaccinations. This year, there is a unique opportunity to receive immunizations for three major respiratory diseases: flu, COVID-19, and RSV. Protecting yourself against these illnesses is crucial, and it is recommended to get the vaccines either in one visit or separately.
Another important guideline is to stay home if you feel sick. By avoiding gatherings, especially if you or someone you will be in contact with is immunocompromised, you can prevent the spread of viruses. If you start feeling unwell during a gathering, it’s best to refrain from handling or serving any food.
Monitoring your symptoms is key to identifying any potential illness. Be aware of signs such as a fever, cough, headaches, a runny nose, sore throat, muscle or body aches, fatigue, or gastrointestinal issues. If you experience any of these symptoms, consult with a medical professional promptly.
Diet plays a significant role in maintaining good health. Metro Health recommends considering healthy meals this holiday season. Eating well not only nourishes your body but also contributes to a sense of well-being. You can find valuable resources and information, including tips on healthy eating on a budget and weekly meal planners, on the Metro Health website.
In addition to a nutritious diet, staying active is crucial for overall well-being. Making time for physical activity can provide numerous benefits, such as reduced anxiety and improved sleep. Incorporate exercise into your holiday routine by taking extra steps while shopping, going on walks to enjoy festive lights, volunteering, or even going for a winter hike.
For individuals with health insurance, most plans cover the cost of COVID-19, flu, and RSV vaccines. However, if you don’t have health insurance or your plan doesn’t cover these vaccines, Metro Health clinics and participating pharmacies offer COVID-19 vaccines through the CDC’s Bridge Access Program. Additionally, information on providers offering flu and COVID-19 vaccines can be found at Vaccines.gov.
Metro Health is actively working with community agencies to organize pop-up vaccine clinics. Keep an eye on the Metro Health website for a list of available clinics. To schedule an appointment at Metro Health’s Immunization Clinic, you can call 210-207-8894.
If you have any questions or concerns about recommended vaccines or preventing respiratory illnesses, it’s always best to consult with a medical professional. Metro Health wishes everyone a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Are the flu, COVID-19, and RSV vaccines available for everyone?
Yes, this year immunizations are available for all individuals.
If I feel sick during a gathering, what should I do?
It is recommended that you refrain from serving any food and seek medical advice if needed.
Where can I find resources for diverse eating this holiday season?
Metro Health’s ¡Viva Health! program offers resources and informational flyers on their website.
Are COVID-19 vaccines free for those without health insurance?
COVID-19 vaccines can be obtained from Metro Health clinics or participating pharmacies at no cost through the CDC’s Bridge Access Program.
How can I find pop-up vaccine clinics in my area?
Check Metro Health’s website for a list of available pop-up clinics in the community.