How to Avoid Getting Sick This Labor Day Weekend

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How to Avoid Getting SickLabor Day is around the corner and families are planning their last minute vacations and day trips. The last thing you want is for your kid to get sick when they are supposed to be enjoying themselves during the holiday weekend. Plus, if your child does get sick, it's more likely that you and others in your family will get sick too.

Dr. Yael Halaas, an ear nose and throat (ENT) doctor in the NYC area, came up with these great tips on how to avoid getting sick over the Labor Day weekend.

Top Tips for How to Avoid Getting Sick

1. Sanitize everything

One of the first ways to ruin a vacation together is catching a cold on a plane. Carry antibacterial wipes and wipe down every surface you may touch on an airplane. Wipe the belt buckle, food tray and latch, volume control, and armrests. The airline crew cannot clean all these surfaces between flights which can harbor contagious viruses and bacteria.

2.  Wash your hands

Wash your hands especially before touching your own or a loved one's eyes, nose or mouth.  When traveling, it is impossible to avoid contact with surfaces that many others may have touched.  To avoid those bugs contaminating your family, wash your hands as often as possible.

3.  Be proactive

On family vacations with everyone close together, take Cold-EEZE at the first sign of a cold to shorten the duration, minimizing the amount of time you are sick to better enjoy your vacation. Cold-EEZE zinc lozenges have been found to decrease the duration of colds by nearly half in studies by Dartmouth Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic. Also, by shortening your cold, it minimizes the chances of spreading the cold to your family members.

4.  Be prepared

Carry medications with you to minimize the impact of a cold or illness so you can all still enjoy your trip. Useful medications include analgesia, like Tylenol, or allergy medications for adults and children. Adults may also want to have some decongestants handy, just in case.

5.  Be healthy

Good hydration, good nutrition and exercise go a long way to giving the body the support it needs to stay strong.


Follow these simple and easy-to-follow tips for how to avoid getting sick and have a fun and safe Labor Day Weekend!

I'm a former 7th grade Science teacher turned stay-at-home mom that lives in Houston, Texas. I am married to my college sweetheart and have a beautiful daughter named Riley, who definitely keeps me on my toes! I am also involved in starting a small business which would both manufacture and sell an invention that I've patented, called Toothpaste 2 Go. I love interacting with my readers and hope to learn as much about you as you learn about me!

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