Prepare for That Unwanted Travel Companion – The Flu


Airplane-Passenger-Holding-TicketWhen the snow flies and frost covers the ground, thoughts of getting away to a warm locale invade many a travelers’ mind. Unfortunately, with winter travel there’s no escaping flights where dry, recycled air is present and close capacity with other passengers present a goldmine of flu and cold viruses. So, how can you prepare yourself for winter travel and steer clear of the flu bug while still partaking in the vacation you crave? Follow these tips for added confidence during your next cold-weather trip:  

Get Vaccinated – According to this week’s FluView report, while activity levels vary across the country, nationally influenza activity is elevated and continues to increase across most key indicators.1 It may seem like a no-brainer to get vaccinated, but the truth is, many people choose to forgo a yearly flu vaccine. If you get the flu vaccine at least two weeks before you travel, you may be less likely to become ill.

Start Healthy. Stay Healthy. – A few days before you are scheduled to leave on your trip, start taking immune support tablets and make sure your diet is healthy. Eating right and maintaining a healthy body are two key components to making your body less susceptible to getting sick. Get your flu vaccine before you go to reduce your risk of catching and spreading the flu.2

Don’t Touch your Face – On any given day your hands will come into contact with thousands of germs. While you’re traveling, that number can skyrocket. All it takes is your hands coming into contact with your face for those viruses to spread. Try to avoid touching your face, mouth, nose, and eyes to reduce the chances that those germs will get into your system and make you sick. Make sure you pack a small bottle of hand sanitizer in a size that’s less than 3oz so you can carry it on the plane.

Wash your hands – When you were growing up, your mom likely told you to wash your hands before every meal. Turns out mom was right. Washing your hands throughout your travels  could reduce your risk of getting sick from germs you’ve come into contact with, and help your fellow travelers by stopping the spread of those germs.

Do what you can to safeguard your health up front, and with the right precautions and a little bit of luck, you can be on your way to thoroughly enjoying your warm-weather vacation – without getting sick. Do you have additional travel tips to stay healthy while traveling? We’d love to hear from you. Comment below.

1http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/summary.htm
2http://www.cdc.gov/Features/WinterTravel/

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