Fall into good habits by following these tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Keep your kids safe and healthy. Get involved with your kids’ activities at home and at school to help ensure they are safe and healthy.
- Get a flu shot. The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year in the fall.
- Wash your hands. Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others
- Get smart about antibiotics. Antibiotics can cure bacterial infections, but not viral infections. The common cold and the flu are viral infections.
- Test and replace batteries. Check or replace carbon monoxide batteries twice a year. Replace smoke alarm batteries at least once a year. Test alarms every month to ensure they work properly.
- Keep food safe. Food is center stage during the holidays. Be sure to keep it safe by following basic food safety steps.
- Learn your family history. Learning about your family’s health history can help you take steps to ensure a longer, healthier future together.
- Be prepared for cold weather. Exposure to cold temperatures can cause serious health problems. Know how to prevent health problems and what to do if a cold-weather emergency arises.
- Don’t drink and drive. Alcohol slows reaction time and impairs judgment and coordination. Don’t drink and drive, and don’t let others drink and drive.
Visit www.cdc.gov/family/autumn to read more on how to stay safe and healthy this autumn.
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