Travelers should prepare for their trip by visiting their physician to get the proper vaccinations and obtain the necessary medication if they have a medical condition or chronic disease. Diseases that travelers may pick up from contaminated water or food, insect or animal bites, or from other people include:Read more: Travel Medicine Article
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Travel Health Slideshow: 25 Ways to Stay Well Abroad
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Hepatitis A and B Vaccinations
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Trichinosis Worm Infection
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Eustachian Tube (Dysfunction)
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Hepatitis B (HBV, Hep B)
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Mad Cow Disease
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Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (XDR TB)
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Guinea Worm Disease
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Hepatitis A (HAV, Hep A)
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Enterovirulent E. coli (EEC)
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Cyclospora Infection (Cyclosporiasis)
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Chikungunya Virus (Chikungunya Infection)
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Is Hepatitis B Contagious?
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Medications & Supplements
- zolpidem (Ambien)
- azithromycin (Zithromax, Zithromax Z-Pak, Zithromax Tri-Pak, Zmax)
- Primsol (trimethoprim)
- doxycycline (Vibramycin, Doryx)
- loperamide (Imodium)
- diphenoxylate and atropine (Lomotil)
- Levaquin (levofloxacin) Antibiotic
- attapulgite (Kaopectate)
- scopolamine, Transderm-Scop
- EpiPen (epinephrine auto-injector, EpiPen Jr)
- pyrimethamine (Daraprim)
- Aralen (chloroquine)
- bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto Bismol, Kaopectate)
- rifaximin (Xifaxan)
- Hypnotics (for Sleep)
- Dengvaxia (dengue tetravalent vaccine, live)
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- Traveler's Tips for Safe Eating
- Jet Lag
- Traveler's Diarrhea Prevention Tips
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