If your vacation destination is outside the country, consider taking the following recommendations into account.
The familydoctor.org website of the American Academy of Family Physicians offers a few tips to get the most out of your trips abroad in a safe and healthy way.
- Check to see if you need vaccines or booster shots for your trip. Remember, there are some vaccines that take six weeks to take affect after they are applied.
- Get a medical and dental checkup before you travel. If you need medications, make sure to bring them in their original containers and to take your prescription with you.
- Be careful with what you eat. Choose foods that are well cooked to avoid getting traveler’s diarrhea.
- Make sure your water bottles are sealed, or drink hot or carbonated beverages. Avoid having ice.
- Be sure to have health insurance and know what the local emergency phone numbers are.
- Pack a first aid kit in your bag.
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