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Wed June 13, 2012

DUPAGE COUNTY-The DuPage County Health Department reminds residents not to leave health and safety behind while on vacation this summer.

The Health Department urges travelers to follow these basic safety tips before they go, while traveling and when they get home:

Before you goAsk your doctor or other health care provider about vaccinations you may need for any international areas you'll be visiting. Plan early for international travel. The Health Department offers an international Travel Clinic. Call (630) 682-7400 for information.

Before you go

  • If you have any chronic health conditions or you are pregnant or breast-feeding, talk to your health care provider about travel precautions.
  • If you have a chronic medical condition, you should carry a letter that explains your condition.
  • If you regularly take any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, pack more than you think you'll need. Carry your important medicines with you in your purse or carry-on bag. Bring a copy of your prescriptions. Make sure your medicines will be allowed into the areas you're visiting.
  • Remember to bring along a spare pair of contacts or glasses in case of damage. Or bring along an extra prescription so you can replace them.

While traveling

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially before eating or preparing food. If soap and water aren't available, use a sanitizer.
  • When in doubt about the water, stick to bottled or canned beverages and avoid ice.
  • In some areas, you may need to be extra careful about food. Keep sunscreen, insect repellent and diarrhea medications with you while traveling.
  • Wear protective gear when doing water or adventure activities. And wear your seatbelt when traveling by car.
  • Be aware of your environment and try not to take risks with your health and safety.
  • See a doctor immediately if you feel sick or get injured.

When you get home

  • You should also pay attention to how you feel when you get home. If you're not feeling well, contact your health care provider right away and explain that you have been traveling.


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