Each year millions of Americans travel abroad for vacation, business, or to visit friends and family. Unfortunately, about half of these international travelers get sick or injured during their trip.
The good news is that most travel-related sickness and injury can be prevented. You are likely to be a traveler who has an enjoyable trip free from illness or injury when you follow these tips:
- Be informed: Learn about travel health risks and what to do to avoid them before your trip.
- Be ready: Get any vaccinations (shots) or medicines that you will need before your trip.
- Be smart while you travel: Make sure you follow travel safety tips while you are on your trip
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- Yellow fever is a serious disease caused by the yellow fever virus. It is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito and cannot be spread directly from person to person. It is found in certain parts of Africa and South America. This vaccine lasts for 10 years. An international Certificate of vaccination is also required.(Search for Yellow Fever Vaccination Clinics)
- Typhoid causes a high fever, weakness, stomach pains, headache, loss of appetite and sometimes a rash. Some people who get typhoid become "carriers", who can spread the disease to others. This vaccine last for 2 years.
- Hep A is a serious liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus. It is found in the stool of persons with hepatitis A. It is usually spread by close personal contact and sometimes by eating food or drinking contaminated water.
- Hep B is a serious disease that also affects the liver caused by the hepatitis B virus. Acute illness can lead to loss of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, tiredness, jaundice, and pain in muscles, joints and stomach. Chronic infection can lead to liver damage, liver cancer, and even death.
- Also called Tdap, it contains Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis.
- Diphtheria is a thick covering of the throat.
- Tetanus (lockjaw) causes painful tightening of the muscles.
- Pertussis is a virus that causes coughing spells so severe that children have difficulty eating, drinking and even breathing.
- Meningitis is an infection of fluid surrounding the brain and the spinal cord. Meningococcal disease also causes blood infections.
- Rabies is caused by a virus. It is mainly a disease of animals. Humans get rabies when bitten by infected animals.
- Polio is a disease caused by a virus. It enters the body through the mouth. Sometimes itdoes not cause serious illness, But sometimes it does caused paralysis (can't move arm or leg). It can kill people who get it, usually by paralyzing the muscles that help them breathe.
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella.
- Measles is a virus that causes a rash, cough, runny nose, eye irritation, and fever. It can lead to ear infection, pneumonia, seizures (jerking and staring), brain damage, and death.
- Mumps is a virus that causes fever, headache, and swollen glands. It can lead to deafness, meningitis (infection of the brain and spinal cord covering), painful swelling of the testicles or ovaries, and, rarely, death.
- Rubella is a virus that causes rash, mild fever, and arthritis (mostly in women). If a woman gets rubella while she is pregnant, she could have a miscarriage or her baby could be born with serious birth defects.