Prevention of Respiratory infection
Vaccines are available to prevent a number of respiratory diseases, including influenza, S. pneumoniae infection, H. influenzae type B infection (in young children), pertussis, diphtheria, varicella, and measles. Unless contraindicated, travelers should be vaccinated against influenza and be up-to-date on other routine immunizations.
Preventing respiratory illness while traveling may not be possible, but common-sense preventive measures include the following:
- Minimizing close contact with people who are coughing and sneezing.
- Frequent handwashing, either with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizers (containing ?60% alcohol) when soap and water are not available.
- Using a vasoconstricting nasal spray immediately before air travel, if the traveler has a preexisting eustachian tube dysfunction, may help lessen the likelihood of otitis or barotrauma.
Source: CDC Yellow Book 20161
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- Source: CDC Yellow Book 2016: cdc.gov/ travel/ yellowbook/ 2016/ the-pre-travel-consultation/ respiratory-infections
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