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Travel Health

While the potential for excitement and adventure lures Americans young and old to travel across the Earth, there are often medical hazards that travelers don't think about in advance. In many countries the water is unsafe to people whose immune systems are not used to certain bacteria, and medicines readily available in the U.S. may be hard or impossible to obtain.

The key to a safe trip is planning and common sense. Learn the water situation in all areas you are going to (in certain areas water may be safe to drink, but not so in other regions of the same country). Bring plenty of indigestion medicine and pain relievers and make sure all of your vaccinations are up to date. You may consider bringing clean syringes to self-medicate. To make your exotic travel experience a safe one, surf these sites before taking off.


  • USA.gov - Travel Safety
    Be prepared for domestic or international travel. Information on air travel, domestic travel and international travel.

  • Centers for Disease Control
    Comprehensive advice from the government agency responsible for researching diseases domestically. Find information on what vaccinations you will need for your travel, what diseases are prevalent in certain countries, tips on how to eat and drink safely, an important traveler's checklist of preparations and information for special needs travelers. You'll also find news updates concerning the status of certain diseases in foreign countries. Make sure to read the special page on food and water precautions.

  • World Health Organization
    The WHO offers many useful resources, including the International Travel and Health 2012 book and the WHO Guide on Safe Food for Travellers. Also check out interactive disease maps, routine vaccinations and other travel health risks, such as environmental risks, injury and violence, and psychological health.




  • U.S. State Department - International Travel Information
    From the U.S. government, specific reports and information on all regions of the world. For example, there are special reports for Americans living abroad, those traveling to Mexico, Nigeria, Russia or China, to name a few. Be sure to check out current travel warnings.

  • International Society of Travel Medicine
    Before you leave, click on Travel Clinic Directory for a list of local clinics in the countries you're visiting.

  • Dr. Wise's Travel Clinic
    Dr. Mark Wise's professional site for "everything you need to know about travel and related health matters." The FAQ section is worthwhile, and the advice upon returning from travel is also beneficial.

  • TravelInsurance.org
    Tips on understanding your medical coverage when traveling abroad, including health plan options when traveling.

  • Travel Health Online (free reg.)
    From "Afghanistan to Zimbabwe" this site offers locations for international medical care and descriptions of various diseases.



   --- D. Richards

 
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