By Roshini Rajapaksa, MD
August 16, 2011
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Getty ImagesQ: I have to travel a lot for my new job. Will I get sick more often if Im a frequent flyer?

A: Actually, the recycled air on planes is probably better for you than most air in office buildings. Its well filtered before its blown back out.

However, being in a closed cabin with all those other passengers can increase your chances of catching a cold, flu virus, or some other nasty bug.

Its a good idea to bring antibacterial gel and wipes with you.

—Roshini Rajapaksa, MD
And previous fliers might have left behind more than a completely filled Sudoku—namely, germs—on the seat, magazines, or overhead bin. Thats why its a good idea to bring antibacterial gel and wipes with you. Use them frequently while traveling, and especially before eating.