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Tuesday, March 06, 2007
There are vacations that people dream about. Going on a safari. Vacationing on the beach of an, exotic, secluded island. Walking through a tropical rain forest. Despite all the planning that these trips involve - bringing the right clothes, packing your camera and a camcorder, and even remembering to bring the sunscreen -- one thing that is overlooked is preparing yourself with a trip to the doctor.
We can travel almost anywhere on the globe, so it's important to take proper health precautions when traveling, especially overseas or to underdeveloped areas. A travel medicine clinic should be your first stop.
Many areas have infectious diseases that are not common in the U.S., but can turn your dream trip into a nightmare. Also, some countries require immunizations before entering. Visit your doctor 4 to 6 weeks before taking a trip outside of the U.S., to see if you're good to go.To avoid traveler's diarrhea:
Also, handwashing is key. Wash hands often with soap and water. Keep alcohol-based hand gels handy, with at least 60% alcohol.Other cautions: