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Staying Healthy Through The Holidays

The holiday season is in full swing as many travel to be with loved ones, but heading onto a plane, train or even automobile could open you up to unwanted germs. Dr. Christian Tomaszewski tells KPBS Evening Edition how you can keep from getting sick or hurt during the busy holiday season.


Dr. Christian Tomaszewski, professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Associate Director of Clinical Operations, Department of Emergency Medicine, UC San Diego Health Sciences.


When we talk about healthy living around the holidays, we usually discuss how to eat lighter, and keep exercising throughout this season of indulgence. But staying healthy also involves avoiding getting sick with a cold or flu and not getting injured. There are things you can do to avoid getting ill as you travel this holiday season, whether you hit the friendly skies or travel by car or train.

Dr. Christian Tomaszewski, with UC San Diego Health Sciences tells KPBS there are simple precautions everyone can take to keep from getting the flu. He encourages getting a flu shot and to make sure you sanitize your hands to keep germs from spreading from person to person.

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Laundry Detergent Pod

But it's not only germs we have to worry about. This time of year many children are visiting friends and relatives homes that may not be child-proof. So it's important to look around and see if there are any attractive products around that could be potentially dangerous to a small child. Dr. Tomaszewski points out laundry detergent pods as being a choking hazard. They're colorful and can fit inside a child's mouth.

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