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Celebrations like Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times for children, who can dress up in costumes, enjoy parties, and eat yummy treats. These celebrations also provide a chance to give out healthy snacks, get physical activity, and focus on safety.However, sometimes too much fun can be dangerous.

Check out these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests.

Check out these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests.

Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.

Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.

Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. WALK and don’t run from house to house.

Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.

Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible.

Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.

Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.

Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.

Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costume

About Vitality Urgent and Primary Care
Vitality Urgent and Primary Care sends Medical Care to your home in Illinois. We provide a broad range of acute/episodic and preventive health care services 365 days per year. Vitality Urgent and Primary Care also provides successfully treated more than a million patients since the opening in 2013, and is one of the largest Mobile House Calls operators in Illinois. For more information about the services, hours of operation, insurance and prices

( Information from CDC was used in this post )
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Is it already the Influenza (Flu) season?

Influenza, or flu, is an infection caused by the influenza virus. It affects your throat, breathing tube, and lungs (the respiratory system). It spreads from a person who is sick to some other person from close contact. Flu may cause rapid onset of:

Fever over 100.4°F (38°C)
Body aches
Runny or stuffy nose
Sore throat

How Does the Flu Differ From the Common Cold?
Flu and common cold are very similar, but the flu is like the common cold on steroids. Even in a healthy adult, influenza can become life-threatening due to various complications such as:

A cold, on the other hand, tends to be milder and less likely to cause serious complications.
Simply put, when you have the flu, you will feel much worse. For most individuals, the flu symptoms get better in about five to seven days

How to prevent or fight Flu?
Keep your hands away from your nose, eyes, and mouth.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 15 seconds, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers also work to kill the virus.

Do not get too close (kissing, hugging) to people who are sick.

Do not share cups, food, drinks, or silverware with anyone who is sick.

Get a flu shot each year.

If you think that you may have flu - call your health care provider to inquire about early initiation of antiviral therapy.
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