Holidays and Flu Season

November has arrived and with it comes the beginning of many holiday seasons, time with family and friends and more indoor time when the weather is uncooperative.

Holidays and Flu Season! 

November has arrived and with it comes the beginning of the holiday season, time with family and friends, and more time indoors when the weather is uncooperative. The Workplace Wellness Committee has compiled a few resources from the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, MSU Extension, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to help navigate the season.

The holiday season should be a joyful time, but it can also increase stress levels for some people for a variety of reasons.  Dr. Tanner Nelson, Extension Family & Human Development Specialist with the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, shares the Top 4 Tips for Managing Holiday Stress.

With plentiful family and social gatherings, our increased interactions with others can result in more contact with germs. Joyce McGarry, MSU Extension Educator reminds us that “Handwashing is considered the single most important means of preventing the spread of infection.” 

As in past years, this time of year also brings an increase in illnesses such as the seasonal flu. MDHHS and the Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) recommend the flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older, and recommend getting the flu vaccine early because it does take about two weeks after vaccination for the flu antibodies to develop. 

We hope these resources are helpful as you navigate the season. Watch for more healthy tips next month!



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Calm Down for the Holidays

On the note of staying healthy for the holidays, our colleagues at OSU Extension are offering a "Calm Down for the Holidays” email challenge focusing on mental health topics. If you sign up, you will receive two emails a week from November 19 until January 2, 2019 with tips and strategies to boost your mental health during the holidays. Health mind, healthy body! Sign up here. For more information, contact Lisa Barlage at




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