Be a Scrooge With Your Cold and Flu Bugs: Please Stop Re-gifting!

There’s an elephant in the room.

Not the awkward kind that means we have to have an uncomfortable conversation. It’s the white kind that means you’re the recipient of a recycled gift.

Don't re-gift your germs this winter! Do you want the gift? That depends on whether the giver has followed financial guru Dave Ramsey’s No. 1 rule of re-gifting: The gift has to make sense. You wouldn’t pass off a snowblower to your uncle in Florida or a pound of saltwater taffy to your diabetic nephew. But your best friend might be thrilled with the fuchsia printed handbag you wouldn’t be caught dead carrying.

The 1995 episode of Seinfeld called “The Label Maker” popularized the term “re-gifting.” The practice has become socially acceptable says American Express, at least to slightly more than three-quarters of us. Their 2014 study found that the most popular regifted items included kitchenware, sweaters, electronics, gloves and toys.

There’s even a date on the calendar for it. National Re-gifting Day is celebrated the third Thursday before Christmas, the most common day for holiday office parties, to encourage people to recycle and stick to their holiday budgets.

However, there is one gift that nobody ever wants and, no, it’s not fruitcake. There are actually people (so we’ve heard) who like fruitcake.

It’s germs.

Don't spread your cold and flu blogs around North Texas this holiday season.Are you being too generous with your cold and flu germs? Here are the best ways to stop spreading those nasty germs around like an unwanted holiday pudding:

  • Use facial tissue.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Keep your hands away from your mouth and nose.
  • If you’re feverish, stay home.
  • Wash your hands after sneezing and blowing your nose.

If you’ve already received the gift of germs, drink lots of fluids and get plenty of rest. If your cold or flu bug gets to be too much, our nearby ER will help you recover.

For emergency treatment of flu symptoms, Medical City Healthcare has 17 emergency locations with FastERTX average wait times posted online, including our newest location Medical City ER in Preston Center. Visit FastERTX.com to find the Medical City Healthcare ER nearest you. If you’ve managed to avoid the microbial white elephant up to now and haven’t yet been vaccinated against this year’s flu, there may still be some available at our multiple urgent care locations across North Texas with convenient online check-in:

This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

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