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Travel Tips

Basic Travel Tips
• Pack sufficient supply of any current prescription and over-the-counter medications and always keep that supply in a carry-on bag. Carry copies of all prescriptions; each should include the generic name of the medication, as many trade names may vary from one country to another. Patients who take controlled or injectable medications should carry a note on the health care provider’s stationary, attesting to that fact.
• Wear sun block with a sun protection factor of 15 or higher.
• When possible, use seat belts, child safety seats, and bicycle helmets.

Prevention of Altitude Illness
Travelers planning to climb mountains or ski at altitudes higher than 8,000 feet should take the following steps to avoid altitude sickness.
• Acclimatize through gradual ascent. If abrupt ascent is unavoidable, begin using acetazolamide 1 day prior to ascent and continue taking it for the first 2 days spent at altitude (or longer if ascent continues). This is available as a prescription at your visit.
• Avoid alcohol and participate in only mild exercise for the first 48 hours.
• Know and acknowledge early symptoms of altitude illness: headache, loss of appetite, nausea.
• Do not ascend to higher altitude when symptoms are present, even if minor.
• Descend if symptoms become worse while resting at same altitude.

Protection against Vector-borne diseases
• Use an insect repellent that contains N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide (DEET) to protect against mosquitoes and ticks, Repellents containing picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535 may also be helpful.
• Be aware of peak exposure times in areas visited.
• Sleep under bed nets impregnated with insecticide when air-conditioning and/or screened quarters are not available.
• Wear clothes that minimize the amount of exposed skin and, if possible, is treated with repellent or insecticide such as permethrin.
• Always check for ticks on one’s person and clothing during and after outdoor activity.
• To reduce one’s risk for insect, spider or snake bites; stings; and parasitic infections, wear shoes outdoors and avoid sleeping on the floor or ground.
• When possible, avoid travel to areas during known disease outbreaks.

Food and Water Precautions
All travelers – regardless of destination – should take some commonsense precautions that may lower the risk for food-borne and water-borne illnesses.
• Eat only freshly, thoroughly cooked foods that are served hot. Choose dry foods and raw fruits and vegetables that can be peeled or shelled. Avoid washed produce, fresh salads, fruit juices, unpasteurized dairy products, cold sauces and toppings, open buffets, and undercooked or reheated foods.
• Ciguatera fish poisoning affects people who eat contaminated reef fish found in the tropics and subtropics of the Pacific, Indian Ocean, and Caribbean Sea. Avoid or limit consumption of reef fish, particularly carnivorous fish such as barracuda, grouper, moray eel, amberjack, sea bass, or sturgeon. Omnivorous and herbivorous fish such as parrot fish, surgeon fish, and ref snapper also can present a risk.
• Avoid tap water and ice cubes. Carbonated water in sealed bottles is preferable but keep in mind that bottled water is not always safer than tap. Inspect the seal on each bottle to ensure that it is intact and that the bottle has not been previously discarded, refilled from questionable sources, and had its seal glued together.
• Where possible, use field techniques for water disinfection, including heat (boiling) and readily available chemical disinfection liquids or tablets.

*Information extracted from reference material provided by the Monthly Prescribing Reference, an education service by Sanofi Pasteur Inc. A full list of reference material may be provided upon request.