December 22, 2003
HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) is
reminding the public that there are many ways to help prevent the
spread of illness and have a healthy holiday season.
"Hawaii’s influenza rates traditionally peak after the
holidays," said Chiyome Fukino, M.D. Director Hawaii State Department
of Health. "The best thing you can do for your loved ones is stay away
if you are sick and practice good respiratory etiquette."
Good respiratory etiquette includes:
- Staying home if your sick -- away from others that could become
- Covering you mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
- Washing your hands frequently with soap and water
- Avoid touching your eyes nose or mouth
Also, getting plenty of rest, eating nutritious food and limiting
the intake of alcohol can strengthen the immune system and help keep
the holidays healthy.
For more information, contact:
Laura M. Lott
Department of Health
Phone: (808) 586-4418