Flu Prevention can be Travel-Sized –
Travelers urged to take actions to keep flu from spreading this holiday season.

For Immediate Release:  Nov. 23, 2009
Media Contact: Communication Office
Vermont Department of Health
802-863-7281

BURLINGTON – Plan ahead to avoid spreading or catching the flu this holiday season – a time when people are in close contact while traveling in airplanes, buses, trains and gathering in living rooms across the country.

The Vermont Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) advise Vermonters who are traveling to take the same every day actions to keep illness from spreading:

“We wish you healthy holidays. No matter where you plan to travel or who you plan to visit this holiday season, pack to keep yourself and others healthy – and be prepared to change your plans if you get sick,” said Health Commissioner Wendy Davis, MD. “Caring may mean not visiting.”

Right now, the 2009 H1N1 flu is widespread in Vermont and in most states and many other countries throughout the world. CDC has partnered with health departments, travel professionals, health care professionals, and colleges and universities to educate the public about how to avoid flu during the holidays.

CDC has launched a major Travelers’ Health campaign. For posters, e-cards and more information and recommendations for travel visit: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/content/novel-h1n1-flu.aspx.

International travelers are also advised to be aware of possible flu screening for arriving passengers. The U.S. is not screening travelers who arrive from other countries or depart for other countries at this time. However, airport staff in some other countries, including Japan and China, are screening arriving passengers for symptoms of the flu, and travel to those countries may be delayed if you have symptoms of the flu.

The defining symptoms of flu are a fever of 100 degrees or more, plus a cough or sore throat. Other symptoms may include runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Some people may also have vomiting or diarrhea. It is also possible for people to be infected with the flu and have respiratory symptoms but no fever.

For more information about the H1N1 virus, visit http://www.flu.gov, or healthvermont.gov. You can also dial 2-1-1, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/healthvermont.

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