Travel Health - Topic Overview
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 several months 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, if you have asthma, you may have to avoid stays in polluted cities. Or someone visiting the tropics 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 that the
information is up-to-date and from a reliable source. See the following websites before you travel:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(www.cdc.gov/travel): This site has information on travel health and safety, required immunizations, and disease outbreaks.
- World Health
Organization (www.who.int/ith/en): You'll find information on travel, recommended immunizations, and disease outbreaks throughout the world.
- U.S. State Department (www.usembassy.gov): This site has information on where to get the best medical care in the region you are visiting. It lists every U.S. embassy
worldwide and lists some doctors and medical facilities in those countries. Take along the phone numbers and addresses of embassies in the areas
you will visit.
Which immunizations and medicines will you need?
Vaccines that may be recommended include those for:
If you plan to visit an area where malaria is common, start taking medicine ahead of time to prevent malaria infection.