Source: Moms in the City

By Kimberly

December 8, 2016


I attended a “Holiday Safety Tips” lunch that was sponsored by Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care yesterday. Dr. Neal Shipley, an Urgent Care Specialist, shared a lot of helpful information during his Holiday Safety presentation. I found myself continuously thinking, “Oh, I didn’t know that,” as he covered various topics – from decoration safety to holiday safety tips for pets. Dr. Shipley was kind enough to share his holiday safety tips presentation and you can download it below:


Food Safety Tips


All of the holiday safety tips are good to know in order to protect our families. As a “foodie”, the food tips resonated the most with me though. They were the following:


Four Core Practices


Clean: Why? Bacteria can spread throughout the kitchen and get on hands, utensils, and countertops

Separate: Why? Cross-contamination is how bacteria spreads. Keep raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs away from ready-to-eat foods

Cook: Why? Improper heating & preparation of food means bacteria can survive

Chill: Why? Bacteria grows fastest between 40 °F and 140 °F. Proper chilling is important to reducing risk of illness


During the Q&A session, I asked Dr. Shipley what types of health problems were most prevalent during the winter season. He responded that many people visit the Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care centers (which offer walk-in care for non-life-threatening issues) during the winter for colds, bronchitis, and the flu.

The flu answer touched off a wider conversation about flu shots. We moms are so opinionated.  Personally,  I don’t have a strong opinion about flu shots. My kids get them because their hands are constantly in their faces due to allergies and asthma. FYI: It was helpful to note that Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care does offer $20 flu shots at any of their 30+ locations for those who are interested. Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care also accepts various insurance plans or self-pay rates that you can check on the Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care website.

In any event, Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care centers are helpful options for urgent care needs. As my friend and blogging colleague Nancy and I were looking for the event’s address together, a local man (who helped us find the address) kept raving about the center that we were visiting. In his opinion, Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care “is a really great place”. I believe him!