One of the most dangerous parts of our holiday season is travel. Put down the cell phones and drive carefully. Just a small swerve on a 2-lane highway can be deadly.
Sarah Reese, Polk County Public Health: "Wear seatbelts, make sure children are in safety seats and make sure we're not have distracted driving."
And the number of flu cases is beginning to rise in our region. Health officials say it's still not too late to get a flu shot and take one other simple precaution.
Sarah Reese, Polk County Public Health: "Good hand washing is one of the most important things to prevent getting the flu and spreading the flu. If in doubt, wash your hands and also if you're feeling ill, don't go out and possibly spread that."
And now it's becoming easier than ever to stay up to date on health concerns in your town. More public health departments are using the power of social media to reach out to their communities.
Cass and Grand Forks County public health departments already have facebook pages. And now, Polk County is setting up one.
Sarah Reese, Polk County Public Health: "It could be information about a possible health emergency. We might use that as an easy way to disseminate information to the public."
Just a few things to keep in mind, to keep your holiday season a safe and healthy one.
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