How can you stay healthy on your trip?
way to stay healthy on your trip is to plan before you go. If you are planning
to travel to another country, see a doctor at least 6 weeks before you leave so
you will have time for vaccines (immunizations) that you may need to get
ahead of time.
Also ask your doctor if there are medicines or
extra safety steps that you should take. For example, people who have heart
failure may need to take shorter flights with more stops to avoid long periods
of sitting. Or someone visiting Africa may need to take medicine to prevent
Where can you get the best information?
use the Internet to find general travel health information. Just make sure the
information is up-to-date and from a reliable source. You can also find out if
there are any problems with disease outbreaks in the places you will be
visiting. Try these websites:
- www.cdc.gov/travel. This is the website for
travel information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- www.who.int/ith/en. This website lists information on
travel, required immunizations, and disease outbreaks from the World Health
If you are taking a
cruise, you can find your ship's sanitation inspection scores on this website:
Find out where
you can get the best medical care in the region you are visiting. The U.S.
State Department's website, www.usembassy.gov, lists every U.S. embassy
worldwide and lists some doctors and medical facilities in those countries.
If you are traveling out of the
country, take along the phone numbers and addresses of embassies in the areas
you will visit. They can help you find a doctor or hospital. Find out if your
insurance company will cover you. You may need special travel health
Which immunizations and medicines will you need?
Check with the
nearest travel health clinic, your regional health department, or your doctor to see what kind of
vaccines you should get. In the United States, most state health clinics can give
you travel vaccines, some medicines, and healthy travel tips. If your state health
clinic does not give vaccines for travelers, ask if there is a clinic nearby that
Hepatitis A vaccine is recommended for
most people traveling to developing countries. Hepatitis A (or Hep A) is one of
the most common diseases found in returning travelers. You can easily prevent
hepatitis A by getting the vaccine.
Make sure that all routine
shots are up-to-date for you and your children. These shots can protect you
from diseases such as
whooping cough, and
rubella, which are still a problem in some developing