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10:20 AM EST, November 25, 2009
The number of swine flu cases has leveled off over the past few weeks, but they could spike again with everyone gathering for the holidays.
But staying healthy amid the hugs and kisses from relatives, or sharing food at the dinner table is only half the battle.
Millions are going to be travelling, and while airports won't be as packed this year because airlines are offering fewer flights, more people are going to have to cram into those limited seats. Hopefully, none of them is sick.
But a recent survey conducted by Tripadvisor.com revealed 51% of respondents said they would fly if they had the flu. Most were afraid of having to pay rebooking fees. Be aware though, some airlines won't penalize you if you have proof, or a doctor's note, stating you had the swine flu.
Other airlines will not let you fly if you are sick, but for those that do, you can take *some* comfort .
"The air in the plane is filtered and circulated so if you are not sitting next to somebody who's actively coughing or sneezing, the chance of you acquiring the flu for example is very, very low," says Dr. Jeffrey Kahn with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
So if you're sick, doctors say do everyone a favor - stay home. If you can, get vaccinated. But what do you do if you're serving Thanksgiving dinner and someone in your household is sick?
There are some ways to make the meal more tolerable for your ailing loved one. Here are some suggestions from Examiner.com:
* Serve small portions
* Warm fluids (like tea with honey)
* Avoid spicy or fatty foods if the person is nauseuos, or diarrhetic
* Skip the gravy. A little bit of cranberry sauce is alright.
* Bread or toast rather than dinner rolls
* Warm veggies rather than a cold salad
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