Celebrate the Holidays in a safe way with your family and friends; Track COVID-19 and Flu Prevention Measures

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Track COVID-19 and Flu Prevention Measures

The COVID vaccine has helped make it possible to celebrate the upcoming holidays with family and friends. To ensure your safety and the safety of your loved ones, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) urges all Georgians to plan ahead and take action to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and flu as they celebrate.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends several ways to enjoy holiday traditions while protecting your health.

  • The best protection against COVID and the flu is vaccination, and vaccines can be given at the same time. People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID two weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, or two weeks after the J&J single-dose COVID-19 vaccine. Likewise, it takes about two weeks after receiving a flu shot for the antibodies that protect against the flu to develop in the body.
  • For young children who are not yet eligible for the COVID vaccine, reduce the risk of exposure by making sure those around them are vaccinated.
  • Wear well-fitting masks over your nose and mouth if you are in indoor public places if you are not fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated should wear a mask in indoor public places in high to high transmission communities.
  • Outdoor activities are safer than indoor activities.
  • Avoid crowded and poorly ventilated spaces.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and lukewarm water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • If you are sick or have symptoms of COVID-19 or the flu, do not organize or attend a rally.
  • Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated against COVID and need to travel, follow the CDC’s recommendations.
  • Everyone, even people fully vaccinated against COVID, are required to wear a mask on public transport and follow international travel recommendations.

Fifty-one percent of Georgians are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which means that every crowd is a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals and there is a risk of COVID transmission, especially the delta variant which is more contagious and can cause more serious disease than the other variants. . DPH is closely monitoring the increase in COVID cases in Europe and parts of the United States. Additionally, surveillance in Georgia indicates influenza activity is increasing in some areas.

Holiday traditions are important to families and children. By working together, we can enjoy safer vacations and trips, and protect our own health as well as that of our family and friends.

To find a COVID or flu vaccination point in your area, visit vaccinefinder.org.

For more information on how to safely celebrate this holiday season, log on to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/celebrations.html.

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