Avoiding Common Illnesses When You Travel for the Holidays
Contracting a respiratory infection or a food-borne illness while you’re traveling can put a damper on your holiday plans. It’s a good idea to know the location of a hospital at your destination, such as Regional Medical Center of San Jose. However, there are a few steps you can take to reduce your risk of falling ill this holiday season.
Consider Vaccinations for Travel Abroad
If your holiday destination is an exotic location abroad, consider scheduling an appointment at your community hospital well ahead of your departure date. Your doctor can advise you of any vaccinations you may need before you travel . He or she can also make you aware of any special health concerns that apply to that particular area of the world.
Preventing Infections from Air Travel
Passengers traveling by air are particularly susceptible to infections, given the close proximity of the passengers and the many frequently touched surfaces. You can boost your body’s ability to fight off germs by using saline nasal spray before take-off and after landing. The air within a plane is very dry, which causes the mucous membranes to dry out. This increases the likelihood of getting sick. While in the airport and on the plane, try to avoid touching your face because this easily transfers germs from your hands to your nose, mouth, and eyes.
Reducing Your Risk of Food-Borne Illnesses
While traveling and while dining with your family and friends, be mindful of common sources of food-borne illnesses. Choose bottled water, especially if you’re traveling abroad. Select food from a buffet table that will not spoil quickly. For example, avoid deviled eggs, other egg-based dishes, meat and cheese platters, and seafood dishes.
If you fall ill while you’re traveling in the San Jose area, you’ll find the care you need at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Our hospital is a leading provider of breast care, heart health services, robotic surgery, and stroke care, with a commitment to maintaining short ER wait times. For medical emergencies, please call 911; otherwise, call (888) 762-8881 to speak with a registered nurse at our hospital.