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  • Writer's pictureDr. Mordeana Williams

Staying Safe and Healthy for the Holiday Season

Covid-19, RSV and Flu are here and causing illness and hospitalization so this is time to mask up again even if you don’t want to. Getting sick is always bad but when you are sick during the holidays it is worse. If it’s your choice to take the vaccines then take them especially if you already have chronic disease such as High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Asthma, COPD and any immune diseases

After COVID-19 vaccines became available, many families said “good riddance” to the Zoom platform way of celebrating and resumed in-person holiday gatherings. A lot of people are back to their pre-pandemic behavior thinking it’s safe to assume that this will be the norm. But the virus is still infecting tens of thousands of Americans every day, and experts fear another winter surge is going to take place over the holidays.

Get Boosted Now

If you haven’t already received the following we suggest getting your Flu, Pneumonia and the Covid-19 booster vaccines now, because it takes a week or two for your immune response to develop. The immunity from that booster would get you through the end of 2022 and the beginning of 2033 because that protection should stay strong for at least two months maximum.

While thinking about boosters, it is recommended everyone in your family has had their primary vaccinations, says Dr. Lilly Immergluck, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the Morehouse School of Medicine. That’s especially important advice for families with kids, because it is reported that there is a low vaccination rate among younger children.

Rapid Test Before You Gather

Due to the emerging of new variants, there are concerns that some at-home tests won’t be able to detect them so opt for a rapid test instead. Frequent testing can help prevent those in your circle from unknowingly spreading the virus at holiday events. It may not be a requirement but it’s a good practice. No one wants to be alone for the holidays but if you test negative but have classic COVID-19 symptoms such as sore throat, chills, body aches, fever, cough and runny nose it’s still best to stay home and isolate yourself.

Stay Safe During Travel

Masks aren’t required for most travel anymore, but it is still advisable to wear one—at least during certain portions of your trip. In general, they say air quality on planes is better than on buses and trains, so your chances of getting sick in the air are fairly low. But we recommend masking while in the airport and when your plane is taxiing, since filtration systems may not be turned on when the plane is grounded. And if you’re traveling by bus or train, it’s a good idea to mask during the entire journey.

VitaMineral carries many drips and shots that will help to boost your immune system such as High Dose Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinz, B12, Glutathione and much more. So whatever you are planning this holiday also plan to care for yourself and come see us for a gift of health to yourself. We will care for you as a preventative measure and even when you are sick or just feeling under the weather. Give us a call and if you can’t come to us we will come to you. Contact us at (516)2331020 or

“Happy Holidays from VitaMineral”

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