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Preparing For Overseas Travel

If you're planning a summer trip to some exotic destination outside the U.S., there are much more serious plans to be made rather than just what you're going to wear and where you're going to stay.

 Good advice from the Department of Family Medicine at Texas Tech. Dr. Ron Warner, an epidemiologist, said Thursday on NewsChannel 11 at 5 that mosquitos carry malaria, dengue fever and yellow fever of particular concern in areas closer to the equator. So, pack some protection.

"You want to take a preparation that contains from 20% to 50% DEET for adults and I would not take an aerosol pressurized can in my luggage. You need to take something that you can buy at a pharmacy over the counter like lotions, ointments even those atomizers but nothing in an aerosol can," says Dr. Warner.

Dr. Ron Cook from the TTUHSC Family Medicine Clinic, says one of the most common vacation problems is travellers diarrhea, so pack some Pepto Bismol. He says if if you take two tablets four times a day during vacation, you can help prevent stomach trouble. Even so, be careful what you eat or drink.

"Always drink bottled water, sodas that you have to open, or boiled water. No ice. Absolutely no ice, and no lettuce. If you can't boil it and peel it, don't eat it," says Dr. Cook.

The CDC offers vaccination guidelines and other tips on staying healthy when you travel outside the U.S., just  click here.

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