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12 steps to healthy travel

1.
Learn about the medical issues before you leave, especially malaria, diarrhea and animal bites.
2.
Find out where you’ll get your medical care before you need it.
3.
Be proactive about your health (diet, sleep, hygiene…).
4.
Boil it, bottle it, peel it, purify it, cook it … or forget it.
5.
Use insect precautions and antimalarials as recommended. Don’t believe everything you hear about malaria and antimalarials … just what I tell you!
6.
If at all possible, do your travelling during daytime hours. Beware of your method of transportation.
7.
Be sensible in the heat and the sun.
8.
Avoid HIV/AIDS and other STDs. Use a condom if you are sexually active, and beware of your medical care (injections, blood tests, transfusions, etc.).
9.
Be aware of your mental health while you are away.
10.
Learn about environmental risks – jet lag, motion sickness, altitude sickness, etc.
11.
Avoid dogs, monkeys, and other furry animals. If you get bitten, wash it, go for good medical care … and call me, or your own doctor!
12.
Have a great time!

 

 
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