If you are getting ready to travel either on vacation or to your family for the holidays, getting sick can put a damper on your plans and even affect whether or not you can go. As you get ready to enjoy the holidays and start to pack your bags, make sure you take proper precautions to stay healthy, maintain your hygiene, and prevent getting sick. 

Wash Your Hands Frequently Throughout the Day

Your hands come into contact with thousands of surfaces per day, from car doors to coffee shop counters to the faucets on your office sink. All of these surfaces are covered in thousands of germs, including cold and flu viruses which can be spread through the slightest contact. By washing your hands throughout the day and scrubbing with antibacterial soap and hot water, you will be able to reduce the number of germs present on your hands, which can reduce the probability of catching viruses. You should make sure you wash your hands before and after preparing food, after using the restroom or changing a diaper. While antibacterial hand sanitizer can be used to kill some germs between when you wash your hands, it will be ineffective if your hands are already dirty. 

Dress for What the Weather Holds

Even if you’re on your way to the gym or just running a couple of quick errands, make sure you are dressed warm enough for the weather outside. Protecting your head and chest is critical to preventing illness including congestion, colds and coughs. Make sure your hair is fully dry before you leave to go outside, as cold hair can freeze and lead to pneumonia. If you have not received your flu shot yet, make sure you get one before the end of the year to be protected for the peak of flu season!

Get Any Vaccinations & Necessary Medications Before Take-Off!

Are you flying to a new or exotic location for the holidays? Make sure you check if your destination has any recommended or required vaccinations or medications tourists should be taking to immunize against local illnesses or parasites. Consult with a physician before you take off to determine if any medications are required, including anti-malarial, diarrheal, typhoid, Hepatitis A and altitude sickness, among other illnesses.

Travel Vaccinations & General Illness Treatment in Norwalk, CT

If you think you are coming down with something before your holiday travels, visit AFC Urgent Care Norwalk today! You can contact us for a travel consultation if you are planning on any trips abroad. Our center is equipped to provide you with what you and your family need to stay healthy for your trip. For questions, please call 203-845-9100.