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Health Tip: Prepare for Illness if Traveling Abroad

Plan ahead for medication and insurance

(HealthDay News) -- Getting sick while traveling doesn't have to lead to disaster.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends:

  • Determine if you need special insurance, such as evacuation or travel health insurance.
  • Register with the nearest U.S. embassy once you reach your destination.
  • Pack all medications you will need, including extras.
  • Always have with you a small card, written in the host language, that lists your health conditions, blood type, allergies and medications.
  • If you have a serious chronic medical condition, wear a MedicAlert bracelet.
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