Tips to Avoid the Flu Bug On A Plane
Traveling by plane soon and don’t want to get bitten by the flu bug? We have all been there. You return from a delightful vacation, or productive business trip, only to hit hard by the flu a couple days after you return. There are a few tips and tricks you can use to avoid getting sick.
One of the most important things to check off your list to avoid the flu is to get an actual flu shot. You no longer need to make an appointment with your doctor’s office or clinic. You now can just go into most pharmacies and receive a shot. The flu shots administered normally can protect from most strains of the flu worldwide. However, you won’t be under protection of the vaccination right away. You should allow two weeks for the shot to take effect.
We all know that the circulated air of airplanes is notoriously dry. A study published by the Journal of Environmental Health Research stated that the recirculated air during flights increased the risk of respiratory tract infections. So, always stay hydrated with lots of water. This will not only help combat fatigue, but will also keep your nasal membranes in your mouth, eyes, and nose moist. The nasal membranes are an important barrier to keep germs out of your body. Also, a saline spray can also help keep your membranes most and working to help protect you from germs.
Hand sanitizer, hand sanitizer, hand sanitizer. Be proactive and just wipe down everything with an anti-bacterial wipe once you get on the plane. Scrub the arm rests, then tray, anything that you may touch. Follow this up by giving your hands a good dose, as well. The flu and/or cold bug often enters your body through your mouth and nose, so keeping your hands sanitized will help prevent the germs from entering your body.
Another theory is to increase the ventilation at your seat to about the medium speed. Position it slightly in front of your face so if anyone should sneeze (saliva droplets can travel up to six feet), the air current may help keep them away from your nose and mouth.
Wash your hands often. Again, the flu bug can enter your body through your nose and mouth, so try to keep your hands clean and away from your face. Listen to what your mother said and wash your hands before and after eating or drinking.
Milling around a crowded airport is like playing chance of getting sick, so be proactive before any airplane trip. You will be glad you did!
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