Guide to health travel.

Guide to Healthy Travel

  • Travel Team
Jan 11, 2012

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"International travelers do a lot to get ready for a trip - packing, planning activities, and making sure their passports are in order - but too few plan ahead for their health while traveling. Centers for Disease Control hopes clinicians and travelers will use the Yellow Book to learn about steps to take before, during and after to have a healthy and safe trip," said Dr. Gary Brunette, chief of CDC's Travelers Health Branch.

The Yellow Book is published every two years by the CDC to serve as a reference for international travelers.

Venturing off to an obscure location can be an adventure. Before booking a trip to a location you don't know much about, learn about the health risks associated with the area. It is necessary to check for travel health notices for your destination. The CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) share country travel notices and advisories on their websites.

Some popular vacation destinations can be prone to natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes or tsunamis. Unexpected natural events cannot be prevented, but it is wise to know as much as possible about the area you plan to visit.

Certain items should be included in your baggage to encourage good health while traveling. Vitamins and medications should be included in your carry-on. Whether your travel involves a trip overseas or a short flight within the United States, you will need the proper medications. If the trip is international, it's important to keep in mind that certain brand names of medications may differ. Medicines should be kept in their original containers to conform with airport and airline security standards.

While travel can cause many unexpected events, it is important to be aware of situations when you arrive at a destination and when you're in transit. Taxis or airport shuttles can be full of germs, and practicing effective hygiene can help prevent sickness.

Traveling can cause passengers to become dehydrated. Throughout long flights, it is important to drink a lot of fluids. Preventative measures can certainly help encourage wellness during vacation, but nothing is guaranteed. Consider purchasing travel medical insurance before your next trip.

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