CDC Issues Travel Guidance Ahead of Flu Season

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After reports of passengers with flu-like symptoms on a number of international flights, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a statement reminding Americans that influenza season is approaching quickly and people who are sick should protect themselves and other passengers by refraining from travel.

Everyone over the age of six months should get a flu vaccine each year, preferably by the end of October. Most cases of the flu are mild and don’t require medical care, but certain groups are at high-risk for serious complications like pneumonia. Those at increased risk include:

  • Children under 5
  • Adults over 65
  • Pregnant women
  • People with chronic health problems
  • Residents of nursing homes or long-term care facilities
  • American Indians and Alaska Natives

Before traveling, talk to your health care provider about which routine vaccines you should have. Avoid travel if you are sick with flu symptoms, such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny/stuff nose, and body aches.

Sourced from: CDC