If you’re anything like me, you get sick nearly every time you travel. I’m not sure if it’s all the excitement of travel, my crazy-full itineraries or those germ-filled planes, but I am always battling sniffles, sore-throat and a cough when I return home from any trip — near or far.
In order to keep functioning after returning home, I turned to Vivek Kesara, MD, a family medicine physician at the Banner Health Clinic in Chandler, to find out what, if any, precautions I could take.
First and foremost, Dr. Kesara recommends getting a flu shot, and if you are around infants, getting the TDAP immunization to prevent whooping cough. Next, Dr. Kesara recommends using a multivitamin (multivitamin) that is high in vitamin C and zinc, which have antioxidant properties to fight off bacteria and viruses. Products such as Airborne® can be used to help increase your vitamin-C and zinc intake.
While you are on vacation, there are a few things you can do to prevent getting sick, and they’re not things I typically practice while traveling! However, eating a proper diet and getting exercise along with six to eight hours of sleep each night are essential to keep your immune system working properly.
So enjoy your next vacation and stay healthy my friends!