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CDC has tips to stay healthy during holiday travel

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Posted at 9:59 PM, Dec 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-30 21:59:31-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Some travelers are keeping their health at top of mind as they begin to return home after a busy holiday season.

At the Blue Grass Airport in Lexington on Monday night, many said they know there are risks that come with visiting family, so they do what they can to stay healthy.

"I'm actually a dietitian so I constantly think about food, water, hydration," said traveler Monique Gallant. "Making sure that immune system is all beefed up, ready to go, so that's always on my mind."

More than 150 million Americans will travel between DeC. 21 and January, according to AAA. The Center's for Disease Control and Prevention website has advice to keep travelers safe, regardless of destination.

A section of CDC website is dedicated to healthy travel including advice and resources.

The CDC recommends to check with a doctor if vaccines or medicines will be needed in advance of a trip, pack a travel health kit with first aid supplies, and if a traveler returns home and feels sick, the CDC recommends they see a doctor.

Traveler Bonnie Hale said she tries to protect herself and others from illness.

"The most important thing is washing your hands repeatedly and I carry hand sanitizer," she said.

There are risks with travel, she said, but it's worth it to spend time with family.

You can find more travel advice from the CDC by clicking here.