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5 Easy Health Tips for Summer Time Travel

Summertime is one of the most popular times to take a trip. But before you head out on a weekend getaway or a month long vacation, keep these five health tips in mind.

  1. Carry a full supply of medication. All prescription medications should be carried separately and in their original containers from the pharmacy with the labels intact, clearly showing the prescribing physician and medication names.
  2. Consult your physician before your trip. It’s a good idea to ask your physician about prophylactic medication based on your travel plans. You may need antibiotics for traveler’s diarrhea, upper respiratory infections or Tamiflu for viral protection, sleeping pills or anti-anxiety medication.
  3. Make sure you’re up to date on your vaccinations. If you’re traveling domestically, check to see if you’ve received the recommended vaccinations for your age as advised by your physician. If you’re going to a foreign country, be sure to visit the Centers for Disease Control website prior to your trip, as some immunizations need to be started months in advance. On their site, you can click on your destination country to find out what additional vaccines and/or prophylactic medications are needed for that locale.
  4. Prevent deep vein thrombosis. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot (thrombus) forms in one or more of the deep veins in your body, usually in your legs. DVT is a serious condition because blood clots in your veins can break loose, travel through your bloodstream and lodge in your lungs, blocking blood flow (pulmonary embolism). Movement is the best prevention. Get up and walk every two hours whether you’re flying, driving or riding in a train. Baby aspirin can help a little to prevent DVT. If you have a history of DVT, contact your physician prior to travel to see if you should receive injections of a blood thinner called Lovenox before your trip.
  5. Avoid germs and illness. Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes if you’ve not been able to wash your hands. Once you find a sink, remember to wash your hands well. You can also carry hand sanitizer.