Thursday, January 21, 2016
Busy Travel Season calls for Advanced Precaution
Spring is a popular season for families and young singles to travel, but it's important that the prospect of an exciting new destination does not override the need to take precautions for health and safety. If you are traveling to a foreign destination or going on a cruise (where disease can spread rapidly), see your doctor or a travel medicine clinic 4-6 weeks before departure to discuss vaccination and other forms of protection. Be sure to order personal medications in advance and consult your carrier and your destination customs office for packing regulations. Unless you know otherwise do not expect your destination to offer easy access to common over -the counter products, such as hand wipes, sunscreen, insect repellent, and medica- tion for motion-sickness, diarrhea, allergies, etc. Also when away from home, choose only bottled water and never leave your drinks unattended in public places. Finally, before you go, leave a copy of your medications, passport(s), itinerary and contact information with a friend at home, and consult your telephone service pro- vider for a Smartphone travel plan to reduce or eliminate roaming charges for necessary but unexpected usage.