Stay healthy this holiday season

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Regional Health District is reminding people there is still time to get vaccinated for diseases circulating in Spokane County before the holidays.

“No one wants to gift an illness to someone they care about during the holidays, especially a disease that could be prevented with vaccination,” said Betsy Bertelsen, Spokane Regional Health District epidemiologist. “Your best chance at protecting yourself and loved ones from diseases like flu, mumps, and pertussis is to get vaccinated soon.”

You can get a vaccination against the flu, mumps, and pertussis at multiple locations throughout Spokane County, including healthcare provider officers, local pharmacies, and grocery stores.

“We also want to emphasize that people who are sick should stay home from holiday gatherings where influenza and other illness can spread. If you are feeling ill, it’s better to miss some of the holiday fun than to risk infecting others – especially those people who are at higher risk of serious complications,” said Bertelsen.

Individuals concerned about getting sick can also reduce their risk of becoming ill by washing hands frequently and avoiding sharing drinking glasses, eating utensils, water bottles, cigarettes, and makeup.

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