Maintain Your Health and Infection Control 

There are many steps you can take to keep yourself healthy and reduce infections while traveling. Here are some of the main ones:

  • Clean your hands with alcohol-based hand gel or soap and water. Clean them often, such as after pumping gas.

  • Use a tissue when coughing or sneezing, throw it away and then clean your hands.

  • Keep at least six feet away from others who appear ill or are coughing. If you have CF, keep at least six feet away from others with CF.

  • If the person next to you on a plane is sick, ask to move to another seat to minimize your exposure. People who do not have CF can better withstand getting a cold without it becoming a serious respiratory infection.

  • Bring oral antibiotics to have on hand — just in case.

What to Do During an Emergency Outbreak 

If a local, national or international health issue occurs while you are traveling (like H1N1, also known as the swine flu), make sure you can check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information.

Also, keep handy the contact information for your CF center or a local CF doctor in case you need more information about CF and the health emergency.

Updated 7/22/13