Flu Deterrents for Travelers

The flu hit the United States hard this winter, overwhelming hospitals. If you find you have to travel during the epidemic, take some precautions against the virus.

The flu hit the United States hard this winter, overwhelming hospitals and causing Boston and New York to announce public health emergencies. Although cases have waned, the virus could still make a comeback, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Just because there’s a flu epidemic out there doesn’t mean you have the luxury of staying indoors to protect yourself. And if you’re traveling during this flu season then you should make sure you’re protected against the virus.

Some states are facing flu shortages right now as people rush to get vaccinated. There have been deaths reported in 30 states and 47 states have reported the flu is widespread.

If you haven’t gotten a flu shot — and Bloomberg is now reporting that CVS and Rite Aid are running out of the flu vaccine in multiple states — then you might want to consider these deterrents from Gadling.com; especially if you will be flying anywhere.

5. Hand sanitizer

Travelers should carry hand sanitizer anyway, but during the flu season you should be careful to use it after touching ATMs, airline check-in screens, elevator buttons, handrails and, even, money.

4. Antibacterial wipes

Wipe down anything other people touch frequently: bathroom faucets, your tray table, etc.

3. Ibuprofen

Help combat any aches if you will be sitting in an uncomfortable airline seat for hours on end.

2. Travel pillow

You won’t be picking up any germs you don’t already have from your own pillow. Plus, you should bring a sweatshirt, shawl or blanket to ward off chills on the plane.

1. Airborne or Emergen-C

If you start to show symptoms, the last thing you want is to be stuck in your hotel on vacation or stuck on an airplane feeling poorly. Taking something like Airborne will at least help shorten your symptoms.

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