Flying Flu-Free: Ways to avoid catching the flu bug on a plane

Posted at 8:17 PM, Feb 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-14 20:57:45-05

INDIANAPOLIS. - One of the worst flu seasons in recent memory is happening throughout the country - and it's hitting Hoosiers especially hard. 

Dozens of hospitals have restricted visitors and nursing homes and schools across central Indiana have declared flu outbreaks. 

But what about avoiding the flu bug when you're on a plane?

Health experts at agree, advising airline passengers to clean armrests and tray tables with disinfectant wipes. And avoid touching the seat pocket - there's no telling when it was last cleaned.

It's also a good idea to stay hydrated to keep your immune system healthy, but avoid caffeine and alcohol while on board, as it can dehydrate your system.

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You should also consider using a nasal spray so that your sinus passages don't dry out - that can help prevent respiratory viruses like the flu.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the current flu epidemic was caused in part by people spreading the flu virus while traveling over the holidays.

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