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Tips to keep you healthy this holiday season

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- With the holidays right around the corner, health officials are wanting to keep everyone safe, happy and healthy.

"Obviously the holidays are a happy time of year, but it's also a time where we tend to stretch ourselves thin, get a little bit run down," said Alisa Haushalter with the Shelby County Health Department.

That's why it`s so important to not eat just junk food, forget to drink water or skip sleep.

"Those three things actually make us more at risk for catching a cold or some other illness," said Haushalter.

Doctors say if you haven't had the chance yet to get the flu vaccination, now is the time to do that too.

While there haven`t been any reported cases of the flu yet in Shelby County, there have been some in Tennessee, making our flu season right around the corner.

"We've been seeing the typical things you see in the Memphis area: sinus and bronchitis," added Mark Castellaw, MD with the Baptist Medical Group.

Doctors say they see more cases of strep throat and stomach viruses this time of year.

"We see a lot of folks right after Thanksgiving weekend," said Castellaw. "We see a lot of folks right after Christmas and first of the year coming down with things they were exposed to over the holidays."

Staying out of the doctor`s office can come down to hygiene. Be sure to wash your hands before and after meals, and make sure you`re staying away from anyone who`s sick. If you`re the sick one, sit that holiday party out.

"With the holidays coming and people gathering together, that's where the illnesses come from," said Castellaw. "It's not that the weather`s getting cold or wet, it's people coming together more often and spreading germs with each other."

Something to keep in mind for a fun and healthy holiday.

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