Protecting Yourself Against Seasonal Flu During Your Travels

There are times when travel is inevitable that you have to do it even at the height of seasonal flu at the dead of winter or when season’s change. Some of these trips can be business travels that cannot be delayed or skipped. Other trips maybe necessary for whatever reason but there is a spread of flu going on. What will you do?

It helps to be always aware of the news and what is happening around you and in the place you will go to. Be prepared health-wise and protect yourself while traveling.

Check your health

Have a quick health-check to see if you are fit and your immune system is high and able to help protect you from the seasonal flu. If you feel you are not that fit and may be coming down with a cold, it is wise to skip the trip.

Have a flu shot

Flu season is different from one place to another. It is important to know the time when you are traveling to that particular place so you can have a flu inoculation. This is actually a voluntary thing but CDC suggests that everyone above 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine annually (reference: cdc.gov).

Build your immune system

There are many ways to improve your immune system. Vitamin supplements like Vitamins B, C, D, E, folic acid, and zinc are great boosters of immune system. Aside from supplementing your health with these vitamins, you can also eat citrus fruits, sunflower seeds, almonds, baked beans, carrots, papaya, mango, flax seed, walnuts, and some food rich in omega fatty acid are also good for the immune system.

Dress properly

If you are traveling this winter time, then pack clothes are for winter and meant to keep you warm. Depending on where your destination is will determine the kind of clothes you will bring.

Wear face mask

A lot of people especially in public places may cough and sneeze and that can be alarming especially if the flu season is up. Make sure you have face mask wherever you go and wear it.

Be clean and sanitize

Always carry alcogel/hand sanitizer or put some rubbing alcohol (at least 70%) in a spritzer that you can take with you so you can spray or wipe surfaces where germ/virus/bacteria might lurk. Always wash and keep your hands clean.

Carry medications

Bring some medications that can help combat the flu. Check with your doctor which medications you can take and can buy over the counter to help protect you from the seasonal flu when traveling.