Travel to international destinations may require inoculations against certain diseases. Detailed health information may be obtained from your local healthcare provider or by contacting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Travelers should contact a healthcare provider at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to travel as some immunizations are given in series and require more time to provide adequate immunity or protection to the traveler. Bring your immunization records with you on your trip.
Travelers with known health concerns should consider wearing a medical alert bracelet if you have allergies (e.g. medications, food or insect bites) or other medical problems. Take enough medication for the duration of the trip, in the original container. For health information and diseases relative to your specific travel destination, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Check with your medical insurance carrier in advance of your trip to see how out-of-town and out-of-country treatment should be handled. Gather contact information for your insurance carriers and your primary care physician before you leave.
In the event of a medical emergency, seek medical attention immediately. Carry insurance cards and a record of specific medical issues with you at all times. Before departure, collect a list of all emergency contacts that includes work/cell/home numbers and email addresses. Also, establish a communication schedule.