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Top 10 Travel Tips


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It's a different world out there. So before you go, get in the know. When you know what to watch for — and how to take care of yourself — you're on the road to a safer, healthier trip.

Four to six (4 to 6) weeks before departure, consult your travel medicine specialist for the most up-to-date immunization recommendation and consultation.

  1. Get advice from a Travel Health Professional.
  2. Let your body adjust once you arrive.
  3. Protect your self from disease-bearing insects.
  4. Never go barefoot — even on the beach.
  5. Make sure your water is purified.
  6. Consume only well-cooked food.
  7. Fruit & Veggies? Wash it, peel it or forget it!
  8. Prefill your prescriptions, as they may not be available at your destination.
  9. Don't swim in rivers, lakes and streams.
  10. Choose means of transportation carefully.


Medical risks associated with travel outside the U.S.

    Travelers may be exposed to a variety of pathogens and risks — and 20 to 70 percent of people report some health problems while traveling.

    For every 100,000 people who journey to the tropics:

    • 45,000 will experience some type of health problem.
    • Close to 35,000 will contact traveler's diarrhea.
    • Approximately 8,000 — or 1 traveler in 12 — will become sick enough to seek medical attention during or after the trip.

    Your travel medicine specialist can help you reduce the risk of contracting serious diseases including hepatitis A, meningitis, typhoid fever, yellow fever and rabies.


Travel Medication Information

    Malaria

      Malarone 250 mg
      Take one tablet every day for three (3) days prior to travel
      Take one tablet every day during travel
      Take one tablet every day for one (1) week after travel

      Doxycycline 100 mg
      Take one tablet every day two (2) days prior to travel.
      Take one tablet every day during travel.
      Take one tablet every day for four (4) weeks after travel.

      Mefloquinne 250 mg
      Take one tablet weekly two (2) weeks prior to travel.
      Take 1 tablet weekly during travel.
      Take one tablet weekly for four (4) weeks after traveling.

      Chloroquine 300 mg
      Take one tablet weekly two (2) weeks prior to travel.
      Take 1 tablet weekly during travel.
      Take one tablet weekly for four (4) weeks after traveling.

    Travelers Diarrhea

      Take Pepto Bismol tablets or Imodium-AD for symptom relief as needed. If diarrhea is persistent take the following medication:

      Cipro 500 mg
      Take one tablet twice a day for three (3) days


Southcoast Travel Medicine Physicians

    The following Southcoast physicians offer travel medicine services. Please note that travel medicine services are often not covered by many health and medical insurance plans.

      Hanumara Chowdri, MD
      275 Allen Street
      New Bedford, MA 02740
      508-994-0991


Find a Physician: 844-744-5544







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