Tips to Avoid Colds or Flu this Holiday Travel Season
The most wonderful time of the year is all about spending time with loved ones. But if doing so requires travel, be sure to take precautions to stay healthy.
“Stressed travelers confined in crowded spaces can be particularly susceptible to colds and flu, especially at this time of year,” says Dr. Kenneth Redcross, M.D.
But don’t despair. Redcross says that a few behavior can help you get through the season.
Don’t Touch That
Cold and flu viruses are transmitted by touching respiratory secretions and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth. So avoid touching escalator rails and other surfaces in crowded public places like airports. Don’t put your face directly on airline-supplied pillows or blankets that haven’t been sanitized. Use antibacterial wipes to clean off tray tables and arm rests.
One of the simplest ways to avoid transmitting cold and flu bugs is to wash your hands, yet as many as 30 percent of airline travelers do not after using airport restrooms, according to a study by the American Society for Microbiology.
The Air Up There
Airplane cabins are extremely dry, and viruses tend to thrive in low-humidity conditions. Cold, dry air will dry out your mucous membranes, breaking down your natural barrier to infection. Drinking water, juice or electrolyte drinks or spritzing your face with water will keep skin moist. Avoid dehydrating beverages like coffee, soda and alcohol.
Stress can take a toll on your immune system. Reduce the stress associated with traveling by being flexible and prepared. Build extra time into your schedule for a more relaxing trip.
Exercise may prevent the elderly from getting colds and flu, according to a study reported in the journal, “Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.” Make an effort to continue exercising on trips.
Do your best to get a full night’s sleep while traveling. Even missing an hour or two of sleep nightly can wear down your immune system and increase your stress level, making you more susceptible to germs.
Eat right to avoid digestion problems and ensure you’re getting immunity-boosting nutrients, such as vitamin C.
The busy holiday season doesn’t have to mean sniffles, a sore throat and an achy, rundown body. Take steps to ring in a happy, healthy New Year.
Residents Urged to Get Vaccinated Against Whooping Cough
Responding to a recent surge in cases of whooping cough (pertussis), the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment urges Coloradans to ensure they’re up to date on vaccinations. One hundred new cases of pertussis were reported in the second half of October.
- Children 7–10 years old who are not fully immunized with the childhood DTaP vaccine series
- Adolescents 11–12 years old
- Adults who have never received a Tdap vaccine
- Pregnant women at 27 through 36 weeks or pregnancy
- Parents/caregivers of infants under 12 months of age, including grandparents, babysitters and childcare workers
- Health care workers
- Others who plan on having close contact with an infant
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