Part of ensuring you have a great summer vacation is staying healthy during your trips. Follow these three wellness tips to keep illness at bay during your travels.
Your doctor may recommend other vaccinations depending on your vacation spot. For example, if you’re taking a trip to Mexico, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends Hepatitis A and typhoid vaccines.
Talk to your doctor four to six weeks before traveling abroad to make sure you get your shots on time.
Zika is most common in Latin America and the Caribbean, but the CDC recently reported cases of the virus being spread locally in Miami-Dade County in Florida and in Brownsville, Texas. Zika can cause a fever, rash, joint pain, red eyes, muscle aches, headache or no symptoms at all.
Doctors typically advise pregnant women, as well as women and partners trying to become pregnant, to avoid traveling to areas with Zika outbreaks because the virus can be passed to the fetus, causing a life-long condition called microcephaly.
To avoid contracting Zika and other diseases spread by mosquitos:
Zika can also be spread through sex, so the CDC recommends wearing condoms during intercourse. Men who have traveled to an area with Zika should wear condoms for at least six months after the trip. Women who have visited high-risk Zika areas are advised to use condoms for at least eight weeks after travel.
If you would like to discuss vaccinations or other strategies for healthy travel, make an appointment with a UCLA primary-care doctor.
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