Hi, I’m Dr. Emily Hall, Internist with Hudson Hospital Internal Medicine Clinic.
As I write this, Minnesota and Wisconsin are in the midst of the coldest winter in 30 years, with a number of school closings this year, and more snow anticipated in March. Many of us are contemplating catching the next plane to Mexico! Although there are many positive health effects of warm-weather vacations, there are some risks associated with travel. The informed traveler can reduce these risks and have a happier, healthier vacation.
These are my Top 3 Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling:
1. Be sure you are up to date on routine vaccinations. These include:
- MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)
- varicella (chicken pox)
- yearly flu shot
- If you are traveling to Mexico, consider hepatitis B and typhoid
2. Take steps to prevent travelers' diarrhea. Safer food and drink choices include:
- sealed bottled water
- hot coffee or tea
- food that is cooked and served hot
- fruit that you peel yourself
- pasteurized dairy products
Even the most careful traveler can be exposed to illness, so your doctor may recommend you take an antibiotic with you in case you need to treat yourself for travelers' diarrhea.
3. Plan ahead for safe transportation. Motor vehicle crashes are the #1 cause of death for healthy Americans traveling internationally.
- Official public transport is safer than private cars
- Avoid motorbikes and motorcycles
- Always wear a seatbelt
- When you are walking, keep in mind that pedestrians may not have the right of way
Most importantly, have a nice time and enjoy the sun! Oh, but don't forget your sunscreen!
You can find more information at www.cdc.gov.
We are also available to see you for a pre-travel consultation at the Internal Medicine Clinic. For an appointment, call (715) 531-6700.
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