Monday, June 1, 2009

Traveling preparation and H1N1

I've been a busy bee lately, working, planning and researching and contemplating about the pesky flu, the H1N1. Only 1 week to Melbourne intro trip; can't wait for it to start and also can't wait for it to end.

Since its going to be early winter in Melbourne this June, a person from sunny-all-year-resident like me need to prepare for the cold, unpredictable weather such as Melbourne. Add it with H1N1 makes the planning goes crazier.

I just got back from a pharmacy and bought a few essential stuff for travel. As for now, I think I might stick with over the counter meds. Not brave enough to resort to flu shot since word has it that there might/is a mercury content inside the shot. We'll see. Perhaps I visit a doctor before flying. Hmm.

So I consulted the pharmacist on what supplement is good for travelers and she suggested me to take Esberitox N, a chewable (also can be swallowed and dissolved) prescription-free supplement. She said its good in strengthening the immune system and preventing cough, sore throat and flu. One board costs me MYR 15 (US$4). To be taken 3 times a day. I was holding a soluble Redoxon vitamin C and decided to put it back in the shelf since Esberitox N is good enough, according to her.

Even this article 17 Ways to Avoid Swine Flu and Why Not to Freak Out recommends this medication.


Good thing I found this particular hand disinfectant called Softa-Man. It does not only work to kill bacteria but also viruses. This particular brand is used in Korea during Avian Flu. Click on the picture to see full description. Available in Caring Pharmacy, IOI Mall Puchong. I've tried looking for this in Watson's or Guardian but its not available there.

Wipes, wipes, wipes! The door knobs, handphone, flight seats...

Er, well...you never know right?

Mask shopping will continue later. I just gonna bring one or two for the heck of it.

I'm a bit skeptics of shots (eg flu shots), so I rather go for the over-the-counter supplements, plenty of water, healthy food and weekly yoga :D. So many dodgy shortcuts these days, you never know how it may effect your system.

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