Health Alert

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Airline safety is not just relegated to the cockpit, the health of the crew and passengers in the cabin is now getting new attention after a flight attendant came down with the measles.

According to WCBS-TV in New York, a 43-year-old flight attendant from Israel’s national airline El Al is in a coma.

While it’s not clear exactly how she contracted the disease, it’s easy to understand the concern.

How many of us have been on a plane only to hear someone coughing and sneezing. It’s bad enough if the passenger is in a row behind us.  We can only hope they’re not sitting next to us.

If I’m not feeling well, I’ll ask for a cup of orange juice, hoping it will boost my immunity.  But I need to admit, a quick jolt of Vitamin C probably won’t be of much help.

As a reporter at KMGH-TV in Denver, I remember covering an Ebola scare on a Frontier Airlines flight.  This was very serious – as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified passengers on the flight of the ill passenger.  I also remember being on a stake out of sorts waiting for the Airbus in question to land and be taken to a hanger for cleaning.

This is not all meant to prompt a debate about vaccines or immunizations – just a reminder to us all to take our health seriously, on the ground or in the sky.  It’s fragile.  Control what you can.  Eat well and move.