If you have breathing problems and you:
If you were in the hospital for your breathing problems and had:
Also talk to your doctor if you plan to travel in a place at a high altitude (such as Colorado or Utah).
Two weeks before you travel, tell your airline that you will need oxygen on the plane. (The airline may not be able to accommodate you if you tell them you will need it less than 48 hours before your flight.)
Airlines and airports will not provide oxygen while you are not on an airplane; not before or after the flight, and not during a layover. Call your oxygen supplier who may be able to help.
On the day of travel:
Get a flu shot every year to help prevent infection. Ask your doctor if you need a pneumonia shot. Get one if you do.
Wash your hands often. Stay away from crowds. Ask visitors who have a cold to wear a mask.
Have a name, phone number, and address of a doctor. Do not go to areas that do not have good medical care.
Bring enough medicine, even some extra. Bring your recent medical records with you.
Contact your oxygen company and find out if they can provide oxygen in the city you are traveling to.
Updated by: Denis Hadjiliadis, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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