Don’t take health risks while traveling

Summer vacation season is here and the DeKalb County Health Department reminds residents not to leave health and safety behind while on vacation. The health department offers these travel tips:

Ask 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 815-748-2467 for more information about the program and fees. If you regularly take any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, pack more than you think you’ll need. Carry 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. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially before eating or preparing food. If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer. When in doubt about local water, stick to bottled or canned beverages and avoid ice. Take sunscreen, insect repellent and diarrhea medications along while traveling. Wear protective gear when doing water or adventure activities, and wear your seat belt when traveling by car.

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