Simple tips for happy and healthy holidays

Now that the holiday season is fast approaching, it’s a good time to take simple steps to make sure that the well-deserved break is as happy and healthy as it can be.

Girl on bike in North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire County Council’s Public Health team has put together quick tips to avoid some of the potential problems being out and about having fun can lead to.

County Councillor Caroline Dickinson, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Public Health, said: “We want everyone to have a wonderful summer, so please follow these tips to stay healthy and safe during the warmer months – they could help to ensure you have the happy holiday season with friends and family that you’re hoping for.”

Avoiding insect bites and stings

It’s a good idea to wear a long-sleeved top and long trousers if you are going somewhere where there may be insects, and put on insect repellent. It is also very important to check yourself, children and pets for ticks, as they can carry Lyme disease, which is very unpleasant. If you find a tick, you should remove it with tweezers. Having a bath or shower after a day out is always a good way of helping to get rid of any undetected ticks and other insects.

Dehydration

Your body needs water to work properly and avoid dehydration, so remember to drink plenty of fluids, especially on long and hot summer days. It’s best to avoid large amounts of alcohol in all seasons, but particularly in the summer as alcohol coupled with the sun can mean that you lose fluids twice as quickly. Find more information on being DrinkAware.

Skin cancer

Skin cancer is highly preventable if good sun protection is practiced all year round, but especially in the summer months. Make sure to seek shade especially between 10am and 4pm when the sun is strongest and cover up with clothing, including a hat and UV blocking sunglasses. Be sure not to burn and apply a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. Use a water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher when outdoors for an extended activity. It’s never too early or late in life to start protecting your skin from sun damage.

Measles

Cllr Dickinson added: “There are ongoing largescale outbreaks of measles in mainland Europe this year, so it’s a good idea to make sure any young people who are going abroad on holiday get the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination before they go, if they haven’t already had it. People up to the age of 18 who missed, or only partially completed, their earlier MMR vaccination can have a free catch-up vaccination from their GP.”

This story was published 4 June 2019