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How to Avoid Getting Sick During Holiday Travel

By |2018-08-21T07:18:55-04:00December 6th, 2017|Categories: Health A-Z|

Achoo! We can’t control the person sneezing next to you on the bus or plane, but we can offer these health tips to help you avoid illness while traveling during the holidays:

  • Wash your hands with hot water for at least 30 seconds before and after eating as well as after using the bathroom. Carry hand sanitizer for back up.
  • Get the flu vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone older than 6 months old be vaccinated each year.
  • Take probiotics or a daily vitamin before traveling to help support your immune system and fend off harmful bacteria. Be sure to speak with your doctor before taking any new supplements.
  • Try to steer clear of anyone who is sneezing, sniffling or coughing. If you’re in an assigned seating situation, ask your attendant if you can use a sterile face mask for protection.

Is your family ready for flu season? The Star and Barry Tobias Health Awareness Center at CentraState offers flu shots every year to those 4+ years. People at a higher risk of developing flu complications include:

  • Young children
  • Older adults
  • Pregnant women
  • People with weakened immune systems
  • People with chronic illnesses

Flu shots are offered Monday-Friday from 10am-4pm or by appointment starting in the fall. For more information or to make an appointment, call 732-308-0570.

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