Every holiday season, millions of Americans travel to spend time and celebrate with their friends and family. In preparation for these busy travel days, crowded airports, and bustling holiday parties, the CDC has launched the National Travelers’ Health Public Awareness Campaign to help travelers prepare for their trips and stay healthy throughout the holiday season.
The CDC urges people to stay informed about what to do if they get sick while they’re away and to take the following steps when planning their travel:
- Travel only when you are feeling well.
- Wash your hands often, and carry alcohol-based hand sanitizer to use when warm water and soap aren’t available.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use your inner elbow, rather than your hands.
- Get vaccinated for both seasonal and H1N1 flu, once they are available, especially if you are a member of a priority group.
You can find more information on the Campaign on the CDC’s website at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/content/novel-h1n1-flu.aspx.
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