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Smoke During the Holidays
Smoking. It’s the single greatest reason people get chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and it worsens over time. Take steps to avoid secondhand smoke over the holidays. It can help you keep your condition under control so you can enjoy yourself more.
●● Don’t allow holiday guests to smoke inside your house. Just say something like, “I’d like it if you wouldn’t smoke in the house. It’s bad for my breathing.” Have a bowl of gum or mints available as an alternative.
●● Taking a holiday road trip? Ask passengers not to smoke when you’re in the car.
●● If you’re visiting smokers at their home, kindly ask the hosts if they would not smoke while you’re there.
●● If you’re a guest and you can’t avoid another person’s smoke, don’t feel obligated to hide the fact that you’re uncomfortable. Many people will stop smoking when they realize that the smoke bothers you.
Still struggling to kick the habit? Find out what FREE tools and resources from HAP can help you fnd success. Log in at hap.org and link to Healthy Living. Under
Information by Topic click on Smoking Cessation.
It’s Flu Shot Season Again: What’s New
When you have a health condition, the fu could cause other serious problems. For example, it might lead to pneumonia.
This year, the fu shot protects against 2009 H1N1 and seasonal fu. To lower your risk for fu-related health problems, take these three easy steps:
1. Reduce the spread of germs. Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
2. Minimize your contact with people who are sick.
3. Seek medical care, if needed. If you do catch the fu, antiviral medications might help. These medications work best within two days of getting sick.
Talk with your doctor about whether you are at high risk and should receive a pneumococcal vaccine before age 65. Health experts recommend it for everyone starting at age 65; a booster may be needed after fve years.
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