The CDC has issued a statement reminding travelers to be aware that flu season is just around the corner and to prepare by getting vaccinated.
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“People who are sick should protect themselves—and others—by not traveling,” the agency said in the statement, which reaffirmed its recommendations that everyone six months and older get a seasonal flu vaccine, preferably by the end of October.
“Most people with the flu have mild illness and don’t need medical care or antiviral drugs. If you get sick with flu symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, runny/stuff nose, body aches, headaches, chills, fatigue, and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting) stay home, don’t travel, and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care,” the CDC said.
In addition to not traveling, the agency urged those with flu symptoms who are in high-risk groups (eg children under 5, adults 65 and older, pregnant women, and others) or who are very sick to contact your health care provider (doctor, physician assistant, nurse).
“When you talk to your healthcare provider about upcoming travel, ask about routine vaccines that are right for you. In addition to getting any recommended travel vaccines, make sure you and your family are up to date on all routine vaccines, such as MMR vaccine, before you travel,” the agency said.