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Stay Healthy When You Travel

Get tips to help you stay healthy and safe when you are traveling outside the U.S.

Review Date: March 18, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Frequently Asked Questions About Bed Bugs

Learn what bed bugs are and how to locate, prevent, and deal with bed bugs, especially when traveling.

Review Date: March 05, 2012

Educational Institution--Follow the Resource URL for More Information

Air Travel During Pregnancy: Is It Safe?

Generally, commercial air travel during pregnancy is considered safe for women who have healthy pregnancies. Still, if you're pregnant, it's best to check with your health care provider before you fly.

Review Date: December 29, 2011

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Airplane Travel with Infants

Air travel with an infant typically is safe. However, air travel during the first two weeks of life may not be advisable, as a newborn's body is still adjusting to life outside the uterus, and is especially vulnerable to the germs that circulate in the aircraft's recycled air.

Review Date: January 30, 2013

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Cholera - Prevention

This fact sheet provides tips for travelers to cholera-endemic areas to lower one's risk of contracting cholera

Review Date: October 24, 2012

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Find a Yellow Fever Vaccination Clinic

If travel plans include visits to countries where yellow fever vaccination may be required for entry, visit this resource to find the nearest authorized U.S. yellow fever vaccine center.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, CDC

Foot Swelling When Traveling

Swelling (edema) of the feet is common during long airline flights. The main factor that contributes to the problem is physical inactivity.

Review Date: March 11, 2013

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Global Travel Clinic Directory

More than 500 travel medicine clinics representing over 40 countries are included in this directory. Health care providers, the travel industry, and the public can use this directory to locate health care professionals with an expertise in travel medicine.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

International Society of Travel Medicine

International Travel

Check for major safety and health issues that may impact travel to and from other countries.

Review Date: November 21, 2012

Office of Global Health Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

LifeLine Pilots

LifeLine Pilots has been the transportation bridge for thousands of families in need. Find out if your situation meets the criteria for a LifeLine Pilots' mission.

Review Date: February 04, 2013

Lifeline Pilots

Motion Sickness

Motion sickness is likely to occur when there is movement simultaneously in multiple planes, such as on amusement rides, on board ships, or during air travel. Learn how to prevent and treat motion sickness.

Review Date: December 31, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

National Patient Travel Center

Call 800-296-1217 for information about charitable, long-distance medical air transportation. Find assistance available to patients who are unable to afford commercial flights.

Review Date: April 29, 2011

Mercy Medical Airlift

Pet Travel

This page provides basic information on domestic and international travel of common pets and other animals.

Review Date: October 12, 2011

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Preventing Malaria in Travelers- (PDF)

Malaria is always a serious disease and may be a deadly illness. Learn what you can do to prevent malaria before you travel to tropical and subtropical countries.

Review Date: March 13, 2013

National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases

Programs for Medical Transport

Learn about medical transportation charitable programs available to those who cannot afford commercial long-distance transportation.

Review Date: April 29, 2011

Mercy Medical Airlift

Request a Flight - Miracle Flights for Kids™

Miracle Flights for Kids® helps fly children struggling with serious cancers and debilitating diseases to specialized medical treatment centers across the U.S. Call 1-800-FLY-1711 (1-800-359-1711) to learn more.

Review Date: February 13, 2013

Miracle Flights for Kids

Travel and Mental Health

Find checklists offering helpful tips on managing travel-related stress, depression and mood changes, substance use, anxiety, and psychosis.

Review Date: February 04, 2011

International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers

Travel Clinic Directory

Find physicians who offer clinical consultative service in Tropical Medicine, Medical Parasitology and Travelers' Health.

Review Date: November 21, 2012

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Travel FAQs from Flu.gov

Learn about flu activity in your region of travel, when you should avoid travel, and what to do during and after your trip to stay healthy.

Review Date: January 12, 2012

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Travel Health Basics

Learn about health issues that may arise and take appropriate measures to prevent illnesses and accidents when you are travelling.

Review Date: November 21, 2012

International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers

Travel Insurance and Evacuation Insurance

Travelers need to evaluate their existing health insurance policies to see whether they are covered when traveling broad. Short-term supplemental policies can be purchased.

Review Date: March 18, 2011

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Travel Tips for the Hearing Impaired

For the more than 20 million people in the U.S. with hearing loss, travel can pose particular challenges. Here are some helpful tips to make travel easier and more enjoyable for individuals with hearing impairments.

Review Date: November 09, 2012

American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery

Traveler's Health

Find health information on travel to over 200 destinations, including the vaccinations recommended for travel.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Travelers' Health - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Find information, based on scientific studies, disease surveillance, and best practices, to assist travelers and their health-care providers in deciding the vaccines, medications, and other measures necessary to prevent illness and injury during international travel.

Review Date: July 06, 2011

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Travelers' Health: Destinations

Get travel health information for over 200 international countries, including advisories and tips for staying healthy and safe while traveling.

Review Date: November 21, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Traveling With Celiac Disease

If you like to travel, celiac disease doesn’t need to be a roadblock. With some planning, you can eat safely when traveling by land, sea, or air and maintain a gluten-free diet once you reach your destination.

Review Date: July 10, 2012

NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases - NIDDK

Typhoid Fever: Frequently Asked Questions

If you are planning to travel outside the United States, you should know about typhoid fever and what steps you can take to protect yourself.

Review Date: December 08, 2012

National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases - NCIRD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Vaccines.gov

Vaccines.gov is the federal gateway to information on vaccines and immunization for infants, children, teenagers, adults, and seniors. Learn about vaccine safety, diseases that can be prevented, vaccination schedules, travel tips, and more.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

What's Motion Sickness?

If you've ever been sick to your stomach while riding in a car, train, airplane, or boat, you know exactly what motion sickness feels like. Find tips on how to prevent motion sickness.

Review Date: December 31, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Your Survival Guide to Safe and Healthy Travel

Whatever your reason for traveling, this guide will help you be proactive, prepared, and protected when it comes to your health—and the health of others—while you are traveling.

Review Date: March 02, 2011

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services