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Doctor Recommends Preventive Measures to Stay Healthy on Vacation

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There are some steps you can take to ensure your vacation isn't ruined by a health problem. NY1's Jill Urban filed the following report.

There’s nothing better than a wonderful vacation, but there’s nothing worse than getting sick while on that vacation.

All too often we hear about someone who contracted some crazy virus while traveling. If you don’t want that person to be you, listen up!

Dr. Karin Hehenberger is a health and wellness expert who says whether it’s an adventure trip or a stay at a luxury resort, before you travel you need to do all you can to protect yourself.

“You really have to do your research and you really have to be prepared. So the combination of actually understanding what the place is about, where the closest health care facility is, the doctors are, but also that you pack the right things and that you are careful," says Hehenberger.

This is especially important if you have a specific medical condition. Make sure the place you are going has facilities and doctors that can handle your situation if something goes wrong.

Also, research the kinds of illnesses that can occur there. Make sure you have all necessary vaccines.

After you do your homework, you then need to plan your packing.

"The things you always should bring when you go on vacation are an anti-histamine, an antibiotic, an anti-inflammatory drug, an anti-diarrhea drug and some vitamins to boost your immune system. I also think it’s important to pack a thermometer and a first aid kit,” says Hehenberger.

Always take your medication on the plane with you. Never check it. Also, she recommends bringing extra prescription medication if you can so you are covered if you are stuck or delayed.

Many people know not to drink the water in certain places, but you need to think beyond that.

“You need to watch out for ice cubes in drinks, fruit that is peeled, undercooked food or raw food—especially raw fish. You also have to look out for dairy—that includes milk, yogurt, cheese that could be unpasteurized. And then you also have to look out for salads because salads need to be washed really carefully and they may not be, she says.”

Don’t forget about the water when you brush your teeth. If you start to feel ill, remember to stay hydrated, but seek medical attention because sometimes things can progress quickly.

So before you take your next trip, remember to plan ahead so you can stay healthy and enjoy.

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