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Avoiding Colds and the Flu While Traveling


Many people travel during the holidays to visit family and loved ones.  But with traveling comes increased exposure to masses of people –– and masses of cold and flu germs. Any time that you spend around a large group of people in a concentrated area makes you more susceptible to catching a cold or the flu. Also, expectant mothers, the elderly, children under five, and individuals with pre-existing medical conditions can be more prone to catching illnesses. Below are a few tips to help you avoid cold and flu germs while traveling.

Boost your immunity before and during your flight

Prior to traveling, it’s important to start building your immunity so your body is ready to fight off anything that comes its way. Make sure you’re consuming a healthy, balanced diet, drinking lots of water, getting plenty of sleep, and taking an immunity supplement. While on the flight, keep saline nasal spray with you. Saline nasal sprays enhance your body’s germ-flushing capabilities.

Wash and sanitize your hands

To significantly reduce the spread of germs, avoid touching your face, wash your hands often, and stay more than six feet away from those who are sick. Hand sanitizer can also work wonders in keeping germs at bay.

Stay hydrated and avoid tap water

It’s important to stay hydrated at all times while traveling by drinking plenty of water. A hydrated system is one of your body’s best defenses against germs. Stick to bottled or filtered water if you are traveling overseas, as this will protect you against harmful bacteria.

Get vaccinated

Vaccinations are probably one of the best ways to avoid the flu while traveling. The flu vaccine will help your body develop antibodies against the flu so you can fight the infection off when you come in contact with the virus. It normally takes around two weeks for your body to build these antibodies.

It’s okay to be a “germaphobe”

When it comes to traveling and avoiding a cold or the flu, it’s okay to be a “germaphobe” and to wipe down all areas that you will be touching in your travel space. Wipe down the airplane seat, armrest, touch screens and tray table with antibacterial wipes. In addition, it’s recommended to travel with a mask that protects your nose and mouth from breathing in germs.

If you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet, call the medical team at Pomona Valley Health Centers today to schedule an appointment at (888) 686-0773.