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Celebrating Thanksgiving: A recipe for good health from Dr. Shriner

Celebrating Thanksgiving: A recipe for good health from Dr. Shriner
Nov 22 2021

I’d like to thank everyone in our community who has received the COVID-19 vaccine thus far and for those who continue to follow infection prevention measures to help prevent the spread of the virus. We have learned so much about this disease, and thankfully, we are in a much better stage of the pandemic than a year ago. Now, the holidays are here – a time to reconnect and resume many of the traditions we have with our friends and family.

That said, in many areas of the country and in our state, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise. I urge you to continue being mindful of COVID-19 with the guidance of the CDC below:

  • Protect those not yet eligible for vaccination such as young children by getting yourself and other eligible people around them vaccinated.
  • Wear well-fitting masks over your nose and mouth if you are in public indoor settings if you are not fully vaccinated.
    • Even those who are fully vaccinated should wear a mask in public indoor settings in communities with substantial to high transmission.
      • Outdoors is safer than indoors.
    • Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated spaces.
    • If you are sick or have symptoms, don’t host or attend a gathering.
    • Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have a close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

If you are considering traveling for a holiday or event, visit CDC’s Travel page to help you decide what is best for you and your family. CDC still recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated.

Wishing you good health and wellness as we safely celebrate the season. For more information, please visit: Holiday Tips (

-Kimberly Shriner, MD, is the medical director of infection prevention and control, Huntington Hospital