Plan for a safe, fun holiday

THE Australian Medical Association (AMA) of Queensland is asking Ipswich residents to plan ahead to survive the silly season.

AMA Queensland President Dr Gino Pecoraro warned Christmas and New Year was a peak time for sickness, injury and death.

“We want everyone to have a merry Christmas but we do ask to take some precautions and think before leaping into the Christmas spirit,” Dr Pecoraro said.

“The most common Christmas complaints set to clog doctor’s surgeries and emergency departments include food poisoning, injuries arising from trying out new presents and being intoxicated, sunburn and stress.

“Simply slow down and think about the consequences and plan a little and you might avoid being a summer statistic.”

AMA Queensland’s silly season survival tips include avoiding extended exposure to the hot Queensland sun, not overindulg- ing in alcohol and supervising children’s activities and ensuring they have safety gear and helmets.



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