Avoiding Cold And Flu Germs While Traveling
Do you know how to avoid germs when you're traveling? Find out where they linger and how to arm yourself against them.

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Picture of a young woman leaning against suitcase Avoiding Cold And Flu Germs While Traveling

Traveling this holiday season? Be sure that all the other travelers' germs don't tag along with you!

Sleep well. If you're planning on sleeping on an airplane, bus or train, bring your own pillow and blanket.

Drink up. Stay hydrated to avoid having dry, recirculated air affect your mucous membranes in your nose and throat, which can make it easier for germs to get in. Water is always a good bet!

Wipe it down. Use antibacterial wipes to clean armrests, trays and seat pockets. Cold and flu germs can live on those surfaces!

Sanitize up. Wash your hands using soap and running water frequently. When that's not possible, use a hand sanitizer and keep your hands away from your face.

Vaccinate. The best way to prevent the flu: get the flu shot.

By Toby Collodora, Staff Writer
Created on 11/29/2011
Updated on 12/01/2011
  • United States Department of Health & Human Services. Flu frequently asked questions: Can the virus live on surfaces, such as computer keyboards?
  • Centers for Disease Control. Everyday preventative actions that can help fight germs, like flu.
  • Hocking MB, Foster HD. Common cold transmission in commercial aircraft: Industry and passenger implications. Journal of Environmental Health Research. 2004:3(1): 7-12.
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