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Health Watch

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Health WATCH


Before  you  travel...

•  Check with your pediatrician --are your children’s vaccines up-to-date?  Are immunizations
required for foreign travel?  The Center for Disease Control (www. cdc.gov) lists immunizations needed and health precautions for the country you plan to visit.

•  Research your Health Insurance Policy--do you have out-of-state or overseas coverage?  Take along necessary claim forms.

•  Some credit cards provide emergency travelers’ assistance, call for options and procedures.  

•  Look into one time travel insurance--Health Care Abroad (800-237-6615); Travmed (800-732-5309); Travel Guard Intl. (800-826-1300); GlobalCare (800-821-2488); International SOS Assistance (800-821-8930.

•  In the U.S. the Hotel/Doc can provide an AMA approved doctor at your hotel or location, 24 hours a day. (800-hotel-dr); or join Inn Care of America which makes appointments for office visits with participating doctors (800-489-6277).

•  The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers can provide hotel calls and office visits 24 hours a day with English speaking doctors in 130 countries (716-754-4883)

What to Bring Along...

•  Prescribed antibiotics requiring no refrigeration and all other necessary prescribed medicines for the duration of your trip.  Keep meds in their original containers for easy access through customs, and to refer to in case you need refills.  Always carry meds in your carry-on luggage.

•  Medical alert tags should be worn.

•  Pack a first-aid kit with children’s tylenol, decongestants, cough medicines, antiseptic cream/spray, diarrhea medicine, insect repellents, waterproof sun-screens, motion sickness medicine, thermometer, band-aids, gauze/tape, and water purification kit.

•  Extra pair of glasses and contact lenses.  Clothing for protection from mosquitoes and from the sun.

•  Pediatrician’s phone number, documentation of blood types, list of  allergies, and vaccination/immunization certificates.

•  U.S. Consulates’ phone numbers and addresses.
 
During  your  travels...  

•  If your child exhibits signs of sinus congestion, consult with a pediatrician prior to flying.

•  Drink plenty of water and eat foods high in roughage to aid against traveler’s constipation.

•  Use purified water/bottled water when necessary, and brush your teeth with purified water also.

•  Take further precautions when visiting malaria and dengue fever infested areas--apply insect repellent with a DEET concentration (5-10% for kids, up to 30% for adults) to skin and wear clothing with long sleeves and long pants--covering your body much as possible.  

•  In areas where sanitation is poor, avoid eating raw vegetables, salads, unpeeled fruits, milk, cheese, raw meat, and foods from street vendors.  Be cautious of seafood/shellfish and be sure foods are fresh, cooked thoroughly and served warm.  Bottled water, sodas, coffee, tea and canned milks are best.  Do not use ice in your drinks.  

•  If unprepared for when you or your child gets sick, inquire with your hotel for a doctor or contact the consulate. 

 

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Tips, Tricks & Tactics

Camping the Great Outdoors
...ideas to consider

   "Since that first camping trip, all of our trips have been only partially planned, with itineraries set more as ideas than as fixed schedules.  We usually take each day one at a time, and do whatever feels right for that particular day.  Slowing down to smell the roses has never been so sweet as when we travel with our two kids!"  -- David, Westminster, MD

 Take it from David, there's a time to plan and a time to take one day at a time.

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