01/03/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

10 Hidden Health Risks Of The Holidays

here's a simple reason that cold-and-flu season overlaps with the holiday season. Office parties, religious celebrations and family get-togethers make close contact all but impossible to avoid.

All it takes is one person touching the wrong shopping-cart handle or airplane tray table then sneezing at a Christmas party to produce a home-, school- or office-wide epidemic.

But while many people know to be wary around an obviously ill acquaintance, they may be missing more insidious sources of disease--some cloaked in the festivities of the season.

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