Thursday, March 29, 2012

5 Tips to Avoid Getting Sick on a Family Vacation

by Dr. Yael Halaas, MD

Spring is in the air and a lot of families plan their annual trips at that time. You are exposed to so many more germs when you travel on public transportation whether it is an airplane, train or bus. The last thing parents want is their children to get sick on a family vacation that is supposed to be fun.

Check out the following tips by Board Certified ENT, Dr. Yael Halaas, who specializes in the common cold.

1. Sanitize everything!  One of the first ways to ruin a vacation together is catching a cold on the plane.  Carry antibacterial wipes and wipe down every surface you may touch on the plane.  Wipe the belt buckle, food tray and latch, volume control, and armrests.  The airline crew cannot clean all these surfaces between flights which can harbor contagious viruses and bacteria.

2.  Wash your hands- especially before touching your own or a loved one's eyes, nose or mouth.  When travelling, it is impossible to avoid contact with surfaces that many others may have touched.  To avoid those bugs contaminating your family, wash your hands.

3.  Be proactive-  On family vacations with everyone close together, take Cold-EEZE at the first sign of a cold to shorten the duration, minimizing the amount of time you are sick to better enjoy your vacation.  Cold-EEZE zinc lozenges have been found to decrease the duration of colds by nearly half in studies byDartmouth Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic.  Also, by shortening your cold, it minimizes the chances of spreading the cold onto your family members.

4.  Be prepared- Carry medications with you to minimize the impact of a cold or illness so you can all still enjoy your trip.  Useful medications include analgesia like Tylenol or allergy medications for adults and children.  Adults may also want to have some decongestants handy just in case.

5.  Be healthy-  Good hydration, good nutrition and exercise go a long way to giving the body the support it needs to stay strong.

About Dr. Halaas

She has been quoted in US Weekly, Men’s Fitness, Prevention & Fitness Magazine.

•          Medical School - Cornell University
•          Yeshiva University, Residency in Otolaryngology
•          Yeshiva University, Internship in General Surgery Board Certifications:
•          American Board of Otolaryngology Professional Memberships:
•          American Medical Association
•          AmericanAcademy of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery.
•          AmericanAcademy of Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery


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