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Avoiding the Flu During Holiday Travel


As you get ready to travel over either Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years, so are millions of other Americans. Some of us will travel through the nation’s airports, train stations, and seaports heading out for the holiday. Others will head out by automobile and meet fellow travelers along the way.

No one wants to be sick during this time with family and friends. Staying healthy is a shared responsibility during the flu season.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has unveiled its 2009 Travelers’ Health Campaign. A large part of the campaign includes educational posters in airports, seaports, and border crossings to remind the traveling public of the simple steps everyone can take to stay healthy and flu-free.

Four main steps for travelers to remember:
1. Travel only when you feel well
2. Wash your hands often. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand gel containing at least 60% alcohol.
3. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve
4. Get a flu vaccination if you’re in a priority group

If you are susceptible to infections, consider wearing a surgical mask to help protect yourself.

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