A Cheat Sheet for Parents on Travel Diseases
This week’s post on travel diseases comes from the New York Travel Clinic, and we really love it.
Do Your Research
Before traveling almost anywhere outside the US, it’s a good idea to check with the CDC to get its latest health advice for your destination. The CDC can keep you up to date with ongoing health issues and emerging concerns like the zika virus. It’s also wise to visit your doctor to make sure you’re up to date on vaccines like hepatitis and tetanus. The latter is particularly important if you’ll be doing anything outdoors. If you’re traveling to a developing destination, check in with a specialist who can tell you what diseases (if any) are a concern and how to protect yourself. Keep in mind that diseases that are mostly unheard of in developed countries, like polio, can still be alarmingly common in some parts of the world. Also, remember that the advice for kids and adults can be different for some inoculations. Being informed and prepared is key to making sure you don’t bring home an unwanted souvenir from your adventures.
Pack the Basics
We always travel with a small medical kit with adult and kids aspirin, Pepto-Bismol, Imodium, probiotics and rehydration tablets; usually just enough to last us until we can find a pharmacist. If we’re traveling to a destination where finding a doctor, much less an English-speaking, one might not be practical, we carry antibiotics for each member of the family just in case. If your child doesn’t swallow pills yet, your pharmacist can give you a powdered antibiotic base that you add water to and mix if and when you need it.
Below is a visual crib sheet to remind you what you most have to be concerned about and where.