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Traveling Abroad: Are You Ready?

  Blog Post by: Lori Brown, NP-C, MSN, RN, BA Operations Manager, Going Home Medical   More Americans are traveling internationally for business, pleasure, volunteerism, and visiting family and friends. No one wants to think about getting ill or hurt. However, it can occur unexpectedly and without warning. Not every illness or injury is preventable, but planning can make it easier to deal with. BE PREPARED   Maintaining good health while traveling is a concern. Individuals should visit their primary physician well in advance of their trip to find out what precautions, medications, immunizations and other health considerations are necessary against illness in the countries that they will be visiting. Filling prescriptions before departure and getting a letter from your physician is vital since some countries have strict laws on medication. In addition, knowing the location of a local clinic or hospital in the area is also important. For travelers who experience the following: Diarrhea, vomiting, flu-like illness, and fever above 102F Have been bitten or scratched by an animal Have been in a car accident Have been seriously injured Are sexually assaulted The CDC recommends that you contact the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate personnel where you are visiting. Emergency assistance for U.S. citizens is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Dial: 1-888-407-4747 (toll-free) if calling from the U.S. or Canada Dial: 00 1 202-501-4444 if calling from overseas or find your local US Embassy at Websites of U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions.   BE PROTECTED   Safeguard your information.  Make two copies of all your travel documents in case of emergency. One copy left...

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