Thinking of international
travel? Here are some tips on staying healthy.
Check your medical coverage.
Most private insurers and Medicare don’t cover costs outside the United
States. Consider TRAVEL INSURANCE!
Get the recommended
vaccines well before departure.
Take a kit with
medicines for common problems: diarrhea, colds, motion sickness, upset
stomach, cuts, scrapes, bug bites, pain, sunburn, etc.
Drink only boiled or
bottled water or carbonated drinks from sources you trust. Avoid tap
water, fountain drinks, and ice cubes. Wipe off the cans and bottles
Use bottled water to
brush your teeth.
Don’t swim in stagnant
or polluted water or after a heavy rainfall. Use googles and nose/ear
plugs. Shower afterwards. Wash cuts with clean water and soap.
Eat only fully cooked
food or fruits and vegetables you have peeled. Remember: boil it, cook
it, peel it, or forget it!
Don’t buy food or drinks
from street vendors.
If visiting an area
where there is risk for malaria, take malaria prevention medication
before, during, and after your trip, as directed.
Use insect repellent
with DEET to prevent mosquito and tick bites.
Wash your hands
frequently with with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub,
especially before eating.
For more information, visit the
Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention website.