Health Watch - Starting Summer: Travel Preparation

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The calendar says summer doesn’t start until late June, but we think of the Memorial Day weekend as the start of the summer season. This week on Health Watch, we’ll offer some tips to help you start your summer in health and safety. If your summer plans include a vacation overseas, now’s the time to make preparations.

Taking a trip abroad means booking flights and hotel rooms and making sure your passport is up to date. You also need to make sure your vaccinations are current. Dr. Jeffrey Khan, an infectious diseases expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says you need to be current on any routine and travel-related vaccinations before you go to any international destination. Talk to your doctor about what shots you’ll need for your destination. You’re more likely to come down with traveler’s diarrhea than a serious illness, but it’s still wise to protect yourself before you travel.

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May 2011

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