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With spring and summer vacations approaching, aside from planning the fun activities, it’s important to also plan for staying illness-free.
The NorthShore Travel Center is an authorized Yellow Fever vaccination center which provides travelers immunizations, education, counseling and up-to-date information regarding overseas travel destinations. If you plan on traveling overseas, Brigham Temple, MD, Emergency Medicine at NorthShore, suggests that you’re up-to-date with the health tips below.
International travelers should allow plenty of time to receive any immunizations required by the country you are traveling to. Proper travel immunizations may require up to 8 weeks in advance to start working and time between shots if more than one dose is required.
Travel Health Insurance
Many U.S. health insurance companies may not cover accidents or illnesses that occur while traveling overseas, nor will they cover emergency medical evacuations to get proper treatment. If this is the case, purchase travel medical insurance that covers medical evacuation.
Items to Pack
The following lists the essential health items and supplies to pack:
Familiarize yourself with local medical laws that could differ from the U.S., as some prescriptions may be illegal in your destination. If so, get a letter from your doctor to carry prescription narcotics or controlled drugs.
First Aid Kit
Other items that may be useful depending on your destination and activities:
Personal Care Items
To make an appointment for immunizations at the NorthShore Travel Center, please call 847.657.5670. The Travel Center can accommodate families at one visit, and can provide care for children as young as 6 months old.
When was the last time that you traveled? What item did you forget to pack?