User uShare Login | Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.

23° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options



Significant snowfall for KELOLAND on Monday. Click Here For Storm Center Update.



[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news


Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!


Most Popular Today

Health Proofing Your Vacation

July 10, 2014, 6:19 PM

Health Proofing Your Vacation

Whether you're traveling by car, cruise ship, train or airplane, this is the time of year when many people decide to take a vacation.

Amy Schweinle is an experienced flyer. She's originally from Texas, and travels home a couple of times a year to visit family.

"If I'm going to be traveling anyway, I try not to think too much about getting sick. I try to wash my hands frequently and if I do get sick knowing that I am going somewhere, where I can probably pick up some medicine," Amy Schweinle said.

Schweinle admits there are times when she would like her fellow passengers to take a few more steps to health proof their vacation, too.

"I think it only comes to mind if they are obviously sick, coughing, blowing their nose. It's worrisome but there's not a whole lot you can do about it," Schweinle said.

Doctors say there *are things you can do to make sure your vacation time doesn't turn into sick time.

"A good portion of our infectious disease practice here is travel medicine," Dr. Jennifer Hsu said.

One simple tip?

“I think the best practice is hand hygiene really that cuts down on the risk of so many infections,” Hsu said.

Dr. Jennifer Hsu says it's also important to get an adequate amount of rest and to eat healthy. This will help boost your immune response to help fight off an infection while traveling. That's important because close quarters can be a drawback when you travel. 

Certainly easier to catch infections and when you are on the airplane in close proximity probably some of the biggest risks are respiratory infection," Hsu said.

There are lots of ways to be prepared while traveling. And to make sure your trip is a good one you can even stock up on medication here in the airport gift shop.

"I do have Tylenol," Schweinle said.

Make sure that you have all your medicine with you. And if you do get it have a little preventative medicine to go along with it," Mcmanus said.

Simple solutions to make your summertime vacation an enjoyable one.

Dr. Hsu adds while some may opt to take high doses of vitamins, there isn't anything in particular that has been shown to consistently decrease your risk of infection.

Previous Story

Next Story




View healthbeat

You may also like

Two Offices Battle To Lose Weight During The Holiday

11/24/2015 6:10 PM

Workers at both companies are weighing in before the holidays and then will get their weight checked again in January.

Full Story | Watch
The Pros And Cons Of Probiotics

11/25/2015 6:15 PM

"I think people are becoming more aware of the extent of beneficial bacteria in their GI tract," Butler said.

Full Story | Watch
The Struggles Behind Rural Health Care

11/20/2015 6:19 PM

Vis says the rural clinic is also essential for moms of young children, but now more than ever, the rural healthcare system is struggling.

Full Story | Watch
Adults Need Vaccinations, Too

11/23/2015 12:09 PM

The CDC recommends a booster shot for everyone between the ages of 19 and 65.

Full Story
Vaccines For Adults

11/23/2015 6:17 PM

If you can't remember the last time you got a vaccination, you should make sure you're up to date.

Full Story | Watch