Are you going to Paris? Trekking in Nepal? Cruising the
Caribbean? Yes, you want to go and to spend some time enjoying
the wonderful weather, view and just have a rest from everyday
Whether you tramp through the rain forest or bask on a love
boat--travel presents new and different health concerns mostly
unknown at home.
We do not want to set on you with our lectures just, please,
keep in mind some facts - that will be useful for you. Preparing
before you go is the best way to stay healthy while you're
traveling. See a doctor at least 6 weeks before you leave so
that you'll have time for immunizations that may need to be done
in advance. Check with your doctor to see if there are
medications or extra precautions 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 they
may need to adjust their medications.
Before you go, research local sanitation and other conditions so
that you can take appropriate measures while you are traveling:
- Is the water safe to drink? - Do insects, such as mosquitoes
or ticks, carry disease? - Is there air pollution? - Will the
altitude make you sick? - Is it safe to swim in pools, lakes, or
the ocean? - Could you get heat exhaustion, sun stroke, or a
Basic precautions, such as drinking bottled water or using
insect repellent, can prevent some illnesses, ranging from an
inconvenient bout of diarrhea to life-threatening malaria.
Preparing for a journey takes planning and time. Proper planning
is the best way to stay healthy during your trip. See a doctor
at least 6 weeks before you go so that you'll have time for
immunizations and other health precautions you may need to take
in advance. There are several factors to consider in preparing
for a trip.