Have A Safe Thanksgiving Holiday Gathering
Posted on Nov 22nd, 2021
Johnson County Department of Health and Environment recommends a layered approach to prevent getting infected with COVID-19 or the flu and spreading the virus to others, especially family members who may be immunocompromised and vulnerable to severe infection and complications of COVID-19.
The department recommends the following actions to stay safe this holiday season:
Get vaccinated to protect those who are not eligible for vaccination, such as young children. You can get a COVID-19 (age 5+) and flu (age 6 months and older) vaccine at the same visit. If you’re age 18 or older and fully vaccinated against COVID-19, get a booster shot now so you’re protected during the holidays. While vaccination appointments are available at pharmacies and health care providers.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of illness or have been told you were exposed to someone with COVID-19, get tested. COVID-19 testing is widely available at pharmacies, clinics and health departments. Home test kits are also available for purchase.
Wear a mask if you’re gathering indoors with others from multiple households or there are family members with weakened immune systems. Masks are also recommended in an indoor public place, such as a grocery store, mall or sporting event.
If you’re hosting a gathering, increase ventilation by opening windows or gathering outdoors, weather permitting.
Wash hands frequently, especially around food and utensils.
Stay home if you’re sick, even if you have mild symptoms.