How to stop yourself getting ill when you fly

You immune system can be compromised


Getting ill at least once during autumn and winter is arguably inevitable.

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But this seems to be especially true for frequent flyers, and here are some reasons why that is the case.

1. Stress
Stress can wear down on your immune system

2. Exposure
Coming in to contact with other ill passengers in the security line, at the flight gate or when boarding the plane increases the chance of transmission.

3. Not getting enough rest
We know just how excited you are to go sightseeing, but not taking time to properly rest once you land can put your immune system at risk.

4. Low humidity
Low cabin humidity causes the nose and throat to dry up leaving the body's natural first line of defense down for the count.

5. Not staying hydrated
A hydrated body is more prepared to fight infections caused by germs you may have been exposed to.

No worries though, here are some precautions you can take to avoid falling ill on your travels.

1. Take your vitamins
Take some extra vitamin C and/or zinc prior to, and during the flight.

2. Check in with centres for disease control
Travellers should look at the CDC website to 'understand what infections are present at their destination and what countermeasures can be applied.

3. Stick to your normal routine on vacation
When travelling, try to stay in your routine of eating healthy, drinking in moderation, and getting enough sleep to help make sure you stay healthy.

4. Always wash your hands or use wipes
Regular hand washing is one of the best ways to avoid getting ill.

5. Avoid touching your face
Germs often spread when you rub or touch your face and nose.

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