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It's that time of year again, that crisp feeling is back in the air, and the kids are back in school. The days are getting shorter and the holidays are getting closer. More of us are getting ready to either take a look at taking a holiday break or visiting family across the country or across the globe. And it’s that time when those little germ bugs are coming into full season again. But as Dr. Travis Stork says, “The key is to be germ aware, not a germaphobe.”
Here are a few tips to be germ aware while at the airport and on your next flight.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a flu shot during the flu season and to get it at least two weeks before travel, as the flu shot takes two weeks for vaccine immunity to develop after the shot.
Another suggestion is to get your immune system ready for travel. Get lots of rest and make sure that you are well hydrated. Don’t be afraid to drink lots of water before the flight.
Use nasal saline before and after your flight. This will help keep your nose moist since the airplane air is so dry it will dry out your mucous membranes. And during your flight stay hydrated to keep the
Open the air vent above you on the airplane. It keeps the air circulating around you.
Bring some hand sanitizer for yourself and don’t touch your face. Also, bring some antibacterial wipes and wipe down your tray table, armrests, and even your hands. After touching some of these areas you can be filled with lots of germs.
Just be prepared and get ready to enjoy the journey.
Tina Moczynski is a member of the GTN network. And loves to travel with both her husband and her three boys.