Dr Neil Forrest of International Medical Clinic gives us some suggestions for safer travel
BOOKING YOUR FLIGHT
Try to travel during off-peak periods so there are fewer people on the plane. When you’re asked which seat on the plane you want to reserve, choose a window seat away from high traffic areas such as the toilets.
BEFORE YOU BOARD
Boost your immune system by maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly. Some people like to take vitamin C and zinc supplements as the immune system utilizes these when fighting viruses. Take a look at what vaccines you need too. Make sure that you organize these two weeks before you travel. We are also encouraging as many people as possible to take up the flu vaccine this year, particularly if you are over 65 or suffer from asthma, diabetes, or heart disease. But even once you’ve done this and you experience any fever or symptoms of respiratory infection do not travel.
PACKING YOUR CARRYON
While your carry-on kit may have just comprised a Kindle, travel pillow, and snack, you now need to make sure that you pack in a clear plastic bag some 70 per ethyl ethanol hand sanitizer, antiseptic wipes, and masks. You need to make sure that you carry a spare mask for each member of the family, particularly if your flight is more than five hours long as through sweat and saliva they will lose their efficacy.