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Jody Victor: 4 Tips for Avoiding Water-Borne Illness While Traveling

Whether it’s a hundred miles or a thousand, getting ill while traveling is always a concern. Even a minor cold can make time away from home miserable. Doing things like washing your hands extra, trying to eat well and getting enough rest can help bolster the immune system, water-borne illnesses can be of particular concern in underdeveloped parts of the world.

Some common water-borne illnesses include cholera, Hepatitis A and typhoid. These are some simple tips to help you avoid such illnesses.

Drink bottled water, carbonated water, or canned water. It is also a good practice to ask that it be brought unopened. Drinking unfamiliar water is a very quick way to get sick while traveling. It isn’t a bad idea to use trustworthy water for brushing your teeth, either.

Don’t eat salads. Salads and other raw veggies are more than likely rinsed with water from the local water source. This is another easy way to ingest local water borne pathogens. Stick to boiled or otherwise cooked veggies.

Consider packing an antibiotic. You’ll have to speak to you doctor about this, however, bringing an appropriate antibiotic effective for know water-borne illnesses in the area you are visiting is the best possible safety net in the case of catching something nasty from untreated water.

Use water purification. If you have to drink local water, it simply has to be purified. The best method is a charcoal pump purification system. A sporting goods store can help you choose an effective one. Iodine (not recommended for pregnant women or those with thyroid issues, speak to your doctor) and chlorine tablets are also an option.

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Four Prescriptions for Keeping Healthy on Vacation

For those of us unlucky enough to have experienced illness during a vacation, there is no doubt we would warn others about how being ill while on vacation and especially during travel is especially uncomfortable. Combine that with the unfamiliarity of a new place and you’ve got a recipe for stress and disaster.

Keeping in mind simple things like sticking to bottled water, avoiding over indulging in especially unusual foods, and washing your hands regularly can go a long way in avoiding illness on your next vacation.

Though each vacation is a celebration and an extra glass of wine may sound like a great idea at the time, the aftermath may leave one stuck in a hotel room or not enjoying their R&R to the fullest. If you have several adult beverages in an evening, have a glass of water before you go to bed.

Depending on your destination, checking out warnings about widespread illness or water conditions at the CDC’s website www.cdc.gov/travel and the Department of State’s website on Travel http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html might let you avoid unnecessary illness. For some destinations, immunizations may be required or at least a good idea.

Make sure you bring plenty of your prescription and over-the-counter medications. Familiar brands and dosages may not be available in some destinations and getting a prescription filled may not be possible or at the least a hassle.

Finally, sleep. Most of us want to make the most of our time off and see and do as much as possible. Over simple fatigue can make one surprisingly more susceptible to illness. Especially when dealing with jet lag, taking the time to get some proper rest during the first twenty-four hours of your vacation and through out your stay will help one stay healthy and feel mentally aware and emotionally fit to enjoy their vacation to the fullest.

Happy travels and stay healthy!
Jody Victor