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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.

The Summary

top 10 travel diseases




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3 Comments

  1. Mary {The World Is A Book}
    August 2, 2014 at 2:54 am — Reply

    Thanks for this very helpful information! I admit I haven’t been very vigilant with visiting the Travel Clinic. Now, I feel like I need to re-examine my medicine travel kit.

  2. Johanna
    August 1, 2014 at 3:32 am — Reply

    Gosh so many things to worry about. I’m glad my kids are grown up. In there though I’d add Dengue fever which is a worry in places like Indonesia.

  3. Michele
    August 1, 2014 at 12:56 am — Reply

    Great information! I’ve just cleaned out the expired antibiotics from my travel medicine kit and need to make sure I restock before heading out internationally again. Make sure you visit the Travel Clinic as soon as you’ve booked your trip as some immunizations require multiple shots over a few weeks/months.

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