Taking home more than leftovers
As with any gathering, a Super Bowl party could be a place where friends and families spread germs, often by sharing finger foods.
"First of all if you're sick, don't go to the party," Balger recommends.
If you're going to be around a lot of people for the Super Bowl, wash your hands frequently, especially before you eat. If you have a cough, cough into your elbow instead of your hand to avoid the spread of germs. Some people should even wear a mask if they have a really bad cough, she recommends.
"Influenza is very prevalent this year, a lot of it could be prevented," she said.
But that's not the only risk. People can experience food poisoning from undercooked meats or other items that contain germs and bacteria. She said the biggest culprits at parties are foods that are made in advance, like potato salad.