Four Things You Should Know About Travel and Your Health

Are you traveling to another country for vacation, to visit home, or to see family or friends? Make sure you know how to stay healthy while you travel.

June 09, 2017 | HF Healthy Living Team

If you’re traveling outside of the United States anytime this year, be sure to protect your health while abroad. Get all the details now on how to travel safely, plus resources to help you prepare for your journey.

Learn More About Your Destination

Some countries require certain vaccines or immunizations before you can enter, while other countries may be battling outbreaks of diseases that you can’t catch at home.

Know before you go! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updates country information for travelers at their Traveler’s Health website. There, you can select your destination, any conditions you may have, whether you’re traveling with children, and more. You’ll get information on things like vaccines required before entry to the country, any current outbreaks by region, plus other medicines you may need during your visit.

Questions about the Zika Virus? Find out everything you need to know about this mosquito-borne illness at the CDC’s Zika Travel information website.

Want to know about other bugs when you travel too? Check out this helpful information now so you can protect yourself.

Know the Language of Health

You may or may not speak the language at the place you’re visiting. But even if you’re fluent, it may be helpful to know the names of certain diseases in your destination country.

The CDC offers this helpful guide to the foreign language terms used for specific diseases, infections, and vaccines, listed by country. This guide could help you if you need to speak with a provider or other professional while navigating the healthcare system in a foreign country.

Talk to Your Provider

Some countries require that you get vaccinated 4-6 weeks in advance of your travel. Don’t delay—make an appointment with your Primary Care Provider (PCP) as soon as you can to get what you need to stay healthy.

Your PCP will give you the vaccines you need, plus medicine you may need while traveling, and answer any questions you may have.

First Aid Kit
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Create a First-Aid Kit

It can be hard to remember everything you might need for a trip. But it’s important to include a first-aid kit in your luggage, as you might not have access to the same medicines or medical supplies in your destination country. Your first-aid kit should include:

  • Any medicines your provider has prescribed
  • Medicine for diarrhea, upset stomach, nausea, or indigestion
  • Pain medicines (such as aspirin or ibuprofen)
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Bandages
  • Sunscreen and cooling ointment for burns
  • Hand wipes or hand sanitizer

Taking care of your health is important to ensure you have a great trip. When you feel good, you can focus on exploring and having fun!

 

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This health information or program is for educational purposes only and not intended to treat, diagnose, or act as a substitute for medical advice from your provider. Consult your healthcare provider and always follow your healthcare provider’s instructions.

Sources
“Traveler’s Health,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed April 26, 2017.
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/

“Foreign Language Terms,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. April, 2015.
https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/appendices/B/foreign-products-tables.pdf

“Zika Travel Information,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed April 26, 2017
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information

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