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Travel Health Tips

The following tips are useful things to consider before you begin your trip:

  • Check your health insurance for international and evacuation coverage. Most health insurance policies do not include foreign travel.
  • Twinrix is a great way to be vaccinated against both Hepatitis A and B at the same time
  • Meningitis vaccine is recommended for travelers to parts of Africa and Saudi Arabia
  • Leaving in less than one month? You can still receive Hepatitis A and B immunizations in an accelerated schedule
  • Raw fruits and veggies? Cook it, boil it, peel it or forget it!
  • To repel insects use a spray with at least 30% DEET and apply permetherin to clothing
  • Take an extra pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses
  • Minimize the effects of jet lag by altering your sleep habits one week prior to departure
  • Planning for healthy travel is as important as planning your itinerary
  • Dry air on an airplane causes dehydration. Drink plenty of water!
  • Wear loose fitting, light colored clothing made of natural fabrics to help your body remain cool
  • For long plane flights, in-seat exercises will help prevent cramping and blood clots
  • Pack a first aid kit: tape, bandages, antibiotic ointment, aspirin, tweezers, small scissors, elastic bandages and a thermometer
  • Take enough medications in their original containers to last a week longer than your planned travel time
  • Unpasteurized milk and dairy products may contain tuberculosis (TB) and other harmful bacteria
  • Make extra copies of your passport! Keep one in your luggage and leave one back home
  • Before you see the world, be sure you see your travel health specialist
  • Don't consume foods and beverages from street vendors
  • Wear a medical alert bracelet for medical conditions such as diabetes or drug allergies
  • Remember,rabies is deadly and not all rabid animals behave ferociously, some become docile
  • Have a cell phone with international capability
  • Malaria, dengue fever, Japanese encephalitis and yellow fever are all mosquito-bourne
  • Remember the Flu F.A.C.T.S. F: Fever spike (to 103°) A: Aches C: Chills T: Tiredness S: Sudden onset of symptoms
  • The influenza virus can survive for up to 2 days on hard surfaces such as doorknobs and telephones
  • Altitude sickness can be caused by rapid ascent to altitudes over 9,000 feet
  • Beware of bottled water without a seal. The cap should snap when opened, or it could be refilled with tap water
  • Immunizations aren't just for kids
  • Immunize here. Be safe there.