Strategies for a Healthy and Safe Holiday Season

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Get Your COVID-19
and Flu Shots

COVID-19 vaccines can help protect you from COVID-19. Get vaccinated as soon as you can.

CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.


Wear A Mask

If you are not fully vaccinated or if you have a weakened immune system, wear a mask indoors. If you are fully vaccinated, wear a mask indoors in areas with substantial or high COVID-19 transmission.

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Find Safer Ways to Celebrate the Holidays

There are several ways to enjoy holiday traditions and protect your health.

Wash Your Hands

Use soap and clean running water for 20 seconds at key times such as after using the bathroom or
before eating.

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The 5 hand washing steps
are wet, lather, scrub,
rinse, and dry.

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Make Time to Unwind
and Connect With Others

For stress relief, take deep breaths, stretch, meditate, or do an activity you enjoy. Talk with people you trust about how you’re feeling
and express gratitude.

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Adults need at least 7
hours of sleep per night.

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For a healthier sleep, be consistent. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, including
on the weekends.

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Eat Healthy

Reach for healthy options
like fruits and vegetables
instead of salty
or sugary treats.

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Move More, Sit Less

Get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week (or about 30 minutes on 5 days), plus muscle- strengthening activities
at least 2 days a week.

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Rethink Your Drink

Substitute water for sugary
or alcoholic drinks
to reduce calories.

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Don’t Use Tobacco

You can quit today!
Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW
for free support.

For more about how to prevent chronic disease and maintain a healthy lifestyle, follow @CDCChronic on Twitter or visit

Strategies for a Healthy and Safe Holiday Season pdf icon[PDF – 2 MB]

Page last reviewed: March 7, 2022