We want your trip to be the best yet. Here are some travel tips we’ve gathered over the years.
- Get vaccinated at least ONE month prior to travel. Depending on the vaccine, it may take your immune system 2 or 3 weeks to achieve maximum immunity.
- Carry first aid supplies and all medications in your carry on luggage, not your checked baggage.
- Contact your health insurance plan and determine health coverage outside the United States. Most policies do not cover international travel.
- Purchase travel and evacuation insurance. Medical evacuation may cost in excess of $5,000 and difficult to arrange. Evacuation insurers have the resourses to manage the process for you.
- Be prepared to self manage travelers diarrhea by packing the medications to relieve this distressing event. Consult with your travel health professional or family physician for a recommended list of medications.
- If traveling to a malaria zone, carry insect repellent, protective clothing and sleep under mosquitoe netting. Consultant with your travel health professional or physician about use of an antimalarial.
- At this time malaria is NOT a vaccine preventable infection. Avoid contact with animals, especially in rural areas.