After the buzz about swine flu last spring, it’s no wonder that travelers are concerned about resurgence. But guess what? We maintained it was OK to travel then, and the same thing is true now … with the proper precautions.
Those who have the highest risk of complications of H1N1 are young children, adults over the age of 65, and those with underlying health conditions.
So as a traveler, how can you protect yourself? If you have an underlying condition, or even think you might, see your doctor to get cleared to fly.
If you develop any flu-like symptoms before departing, postpone your travel plans for at least seven days after you get sick or 24 hours after you stop having symptoms, whichever is longer.
And, this is important for everyone: Wash your hands. That means before and after you eat, before and after you use the bathroom, and especially on planes. Use antibacterial hand wipes or gel with at least 60 percent alcohol content.
And take a cue from airlines like Virgin America and Southwest, which removed pillows and blankets during the first outbreak. Bring your own or skip them altogether.
Once you return, monitor your health for seven days and see a doctor if you feel ill.
The point is to rely on common sense, not fear, to determine when and where you travel.
Learn more with H1N1 Returning With a Vengeance.
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