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If you are considering a journey that will involve traveling in "developing countries", visit the CDC and WHO websites described in our article. 

For those of you who regard prevention as the best protection,  our recommendations may help you to travel with a greater peace of mind.

 

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Travel Advice - Health information for travel

An important part of vacation planning for international travel is to make sure that there are not any significant health issues waiting for you at your travel destinations. While disease outbreaks are of concern if you plan to visit areas that are undeveloped or lesser developed than where you live, it is always a good idea to check with the Center for Disease Control [CDC] or the World Health Organization [WHO] for information on diseases, disease outbreaks, vaccination recommendations, and medical information. The CDC and WHO provide health recommendations and disease related information on a country basis.



Before deciding on travel to exotic destinations, you should review information on local health conditions that includes:

1. Risks related to the area (e.g. specific local disease  outbreaks, altitude sickness, presence of swamps, etc.)
2. Availability of medical facilities
3. Vaccinations required or desirable
4. Food Hygiene

The CDC is the best source of health related travel information. Of special interest is the CDC’s travel health notices, which can be found here

The CDC provides an extremely valuable service called “Green Sheets”. The “Green Sheets” include the results of the government’s vessel sanitation program and provide the inspection scores of cruise ships that you might be traveling on during your vacation.

  • This information is a “must review” to make sure that your cruise line is emphasizing appropriate sanitation methods, or, if it has not in the past, what it has done to improve its rating.

The World Health Organization is another site that is focused on health information of interest to travelers and includes a section on travelers health that is current and useful.

 

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