Avoiding health issues while traveling

Make sure you're up to date on all shots

There's little that's more disappointing than going somewhere exotic with beautiful landscapes, only to be confined to a hotel room because you're too sick to get out of bed. Or worse.

Dr. John Torres gave us these pieces of advice for traveling, especially important if you’re going abroad.

  • Make sure everyone’s vaccinations are up to date.
  • Use sunscreen when outside, SPF 30 or above.
  • If you have kids, watch what they eat. Letting them just eat what they like may mean a later stomach ache.
  • Go visit a dentist before leaving to avoid dealing with a toothache later.
  • You may need travel medicine. Contact your public health department to find out what you may need.
  • Talk to your doctor before leaving as well.

“Rule number one is to have fun,” he said. “But follow it up with rule number two: Stay healthy so you can have that fun.”

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