The threat of the H1N1 flu shouldn't prevent people from traveling this holiday season, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which on Thursday launched a public education campaign about staying healthy while traveling.
"The holidays are one of the busiest travel times of the year," Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said in a news release. "People are in close contact - whether they're on a plane, train, ship or just visiting with loved ones. This campaign provides practical advice to help travelers prepare for their trips and stay healthy during their holiday travel."
The agency offers the following advice:
Travel only when you feel well.
Get vaccinated for flu (both seasonal flu and H1N1 flu if you're in a priority group).
Wash your hands often.
Cover your coughs and sneezes with a sleeve or tissue.
"We know that flu - and specifically H1N1 this year - is a big concern for people, but flu shouldn't ruin the holidays," Schuchat said. "By practicing a little prevention, people can enjoy their holidays and stay well at the same time."
The CDC's campaign will run through the holiday season and use a variety of media, including posters at major airports, border crossings and ports of entry.