Your Best Shot at Good Health

Your coziest robe. A cup of hot tea. A warm bath.

These sound like the makings of a relaxing day…

But they can also be what you turn to when you have the flu.

This year’s flu season is shaping up to be a vigorous one, and no one wants to get sick while traveling – for business or pleasure.

All the health authorities urge everyone to get a flu vaccine, even while acknowledging that it may be less effective than usual against this year’s flu strain. Still, it does provide protection. This is especially important for the elderly, the young, and those with compromised immune systems.

Australia has seen more flu cases and twice the number of hospitalizations than average, according to the Australia Department of Health. The World Health Organization posts ongoing flu information. Check out the status in your part of the world here.

Of course, standard vaccines are important, too.

Whenever you travel abroad, check with your doctor about the prevailing health recommendations. Several organizations provide useful advice for travelers, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Australia’s Smartraveller, and the U.K.’s Fit For Travel.

Take care of yourself while traveling. As the experts always say: wash hands regularly, stay well hydrated, and get plenty of sleep. That last one is easier said than done sometimes, but with any luck you’ll be enjoying that cup of tea across the table from a friend rather than in a sick bed.

Wishing you good health in the new year!

Written by Ellen Harris, GMS, Product Manager, Content Group