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5 Tips for Avoiding Illness While Traveling


A traveler at Logan International Airport in Boston wears a mask for protection against the swine flu as he rolls his luggage after flying in from Puerto Rico.
A traveler at Logan International Airport in Boston wears a mask for protection against the swine flu as he rolls his luggage after flying in from Puerto Rico.
AP Photo/Elise Amendola

Whether you travel for business or for pleasure, and whether you plan to take a trip by yourself or with your family, the last thing you want interfering with your travel itinerary is illness. Nobody wants their trip ruined by an intestinal virus or to arrive home with a serious case of the flu. Unfortunately, travel opens a host of opportunities for exposure to germs and to other factors that can leave the human body vulnerable to disease. From the crowds of people on airplanes, to sudden changes in altitudes, fatigue that weakens the immune system and exposure to germs to which our bodies haven't built up a resistance yet, there are lots of ways to get sick while you're on a trip.

But don't let a fear of germs keep you from leaving the house. Life would be dull without travel, and by taking these few simple precautions, that we've listed here in no particular order, you can greatly reduce the chance that you'll come back from your vacation with something more than a bag filled with souvenir T-shirts.


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