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“Stop, Wash and Go” — CDC Launches Campaign To Encourage ‘Healthy Travels’ For The Holidays During H1N1 Outbreak

November 19th, 2009 · No Comments

Using themes including “Stop, Wash and Go” and “Prevention can be Travel-Sized,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today launched a public awareness campaign about staying healthy while traveling on the holidays during the H1N1 outbreak.

Healthy travel poster

According to campaign press release:

 “The holidays are one of the busiest travel times of the year,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. “People are in close contact – whether they’re on a plane, train, ship or just visiting with loved ones. This campaign provides practical advice to help travelers prepare for their trips and stay healthy during their holiday travel.”

 CDC is urging people to take the following steps when planning their travel and to stay informed about what to do if they get sick while they’re gone, including:

• Traveling only when they are feeling well

• Getting vaccinated for flu (both seasonal flu and 2009 H1N1 if they are in a priority group)

• Washing hands often

• Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve

 “We know that flu – and specifically H1N1 this year – is a big concern for people, but flu shouldn’t ruin the holidays,” Dr. Schuchat said. “By practicing a little prevention, people can enjoy their holidays and stay well at the same time.”

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