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Senior Travel - Health Concerns

Health concerns are part of trip planning. If you have a health condition that requires medication or special assistance, you can plan an enjoyable trip that accommodates your needs.

Avian Influenza A (H7N9) and Overseas Travel
In early April 2013, China announced that H7N9 avian influenza A had spread from poultry to humans. Find out how this strain of bird flu might affect your travel plans and learn where to get information about H7N9 avian influenza A.

How To Cope With Jet Lag
If you travel by air and cross multiple time zones, you will be affected by jet lag. Learn more about jet lag and find out what you can do before, during and after your flight to minimize its effects.

Travel Stress
There's always an element of stress involved when you travel. Planning a trip can be stressful, and once your trip begins, you may be faced with surprises and problems you had not anticipated. Learn more about travel stress and find ways to stay calm during your trip.

Interview With Benedict Jones of Trekkable
Finding accessible hotel rooms can be a challenge for wheelchair and scooter users. Benedict Jones and John Leo Burns, co-founders of Trekkable, have devised a rating system that includes not only doorway and restroom dimensions but also comfort levels for travelers who use wheelchairs, scooters and mobility aids. Learn more about their new website and Trek-Rating system in our interview with Benedict Jones.

Get Country-Specific Travel Health Information From the CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers helpful travel health resources, including country-specific travel health information, the Yellow Book and travel health notices. Find out how you can access useful travel health resources.

Overseas Travel and Novel H1N1 (Swine) Flu
Some countries and airlines are screening international travelers for novel H1N1 influenza, or swine flu. If your travel plans will take you overseas, you may be screened or even quarantined for possible novel H1N1 flu. Find out how to prepare for overseas travel in this era of H1N1 flu.

Tips for Traveling With Prescription Drugs
Traveling with prescription medications requires advance planning. You will need to consider how you will store and take them each day, and you will need to be able to refill your prescriptions if something goes wrong. Learn more about traveling with prescription drugs.

Mosquito-Borne Disease Prevention Tips for Seniors and Baby Boomers
Mosquito bites are minor annoyances, but mosquito-borne diseases are much more serious, sometimes even life-threatening. Learn how to prevent mosquito bites and what to do if a mosquito bites you.

An Interview With Kari Eide, Author of The Fit Traveler - Senior Edition
Kari Eide and Lissa Mueller created The Fit Traveler - Senior Edition for mature travelers looking for a way to maintain their fitness while on the road. The Fit Traveler - Senior Edition allows you to exercise all the major muscle groups using a custom exercise band. You can work out in your RV or hotel room and have plenty of time to enjoy...

Where Can I Get Vaccinated Against Yellow Fever ?
If your itinerary takes you to or through any countries where yellow fever is endemic, you will need to be vaccinated against yellow fever before you leave home. Learn more about approved yellow fever vaccination clinics and centres.

Can I Catch Tuberculosis if I Fly to My Destination?
News reports about air travelers catching tuberculosis, or TB, are rare but alarming. Learn more about tuberculosis and find out if you are at risk when you fly.

Which Countries Require Proof of Yellow Fever Vaccination?
Many countries require US travelers to prove they have been vaccinated for yellow fever. Find out whether or not you will need a yellow fever shot before you travel.

Author Interview: Candy Harrington
Candy Harrington has been writing about accessible travel for over 14 years. A recognized expert on the subject, Ms. Harrington has published several books on accessible travel and lodgings. Find out about accessible travel planning in this interview.

How Can I Stay Healthy on My Cruise Vacation?
Many cruise passengers worry about becoming ill during their voyage. Find out how to prepare for your cruise and stay healthy while underway. Learn proper handwashing techniques and discover how to check on your ship's sanitation record.

How Can I Stay Healthy While on Vacation?
Take steps to stay healthy while on vacation. Find out which travel medical supplies and documents to pack and how to avoid illness during your trip. Get information about travel medical insurance and learn how to protect yourself from food- and animal-borne diseases.

Air Travel for Passengers With Physical Challenges
Arlene Fleming, About.com's Guide to Air Travel, writes about air travel for disabled persons in this useful overview.

How to Take Medication Through Airport Security
Many of us take medication or use medical supplies. Find out how to bring them onboard an airplane from Sharon O'Brien, About.com's Guide to Senior Living.

Guidelines for Flying With Heart Disease
About.com's Guide to Heart Disease, Richard N. Fogoros, M.D., provides a summary of Yale University's air travel guidelines for people with heart disease.

Make a Vacation Healthcare Checklist
Find out what you need to do to prepare for healthy travel and what healthcare supplies to pack in this helpful article by Sharon O'Brien, About.com's Guide to Senior Living.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and Overseas Travel
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is a new, SARS-like virus that causes acute respiratory symptoms, including as cough, shortness of breath and fever. If your travel plans take you to the Middle East, you'll want to learn more about MERS-CoV and find out how to protect yourself from this recently-discovered disease.

Heat Emergency Safety for Senior Travelers
Travelers sometimes ignore the possibility that heat exhaustion and heat stroke might interrupt their vacations. During the hot summer months, you will need to take some precautions when you travel, particularly if a heat emergency occurs. Find out how to recognize the symptoms of heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke and read our tips for staying healthy during a heat wave.

Review of The International Traveler's Guide to Avoiding Infections
The International Traveler's Guide to Avoiding Infections is an essential tool for planning a trip to places where infectious diseases are prevalent. Adventure travelers, aid workers, senior travelers, missionaries and immune-compromised travelers should all read The International Traveler's Guide to Avoiding Infections before planning their trips.

Improve Your Fitness Before You Travel
Travel is much more fun when you are fit enough to enjoy the day without feeling exhausted. Before you start packing for your trip, take some simple steps to improve your travel fitness.

Accessible Travel Tips
Accessible Journeys' tips for wheelchair and scooter travel are comprehensive and realistic. Whether you plan to travel by air, take a cruise or use public transportation, you'll find a useful article here.

Finding Accessible Travel Accommodation
Candy Harrington, author of Barrier-Free Travel, offers eight excellent tips for finding and booking accessible accommodations.

Review of Tracey Ingram's Disabled World Travels E-Book
Tracey Ingram's Disabled World Travels offers helpful tips for persons with disabilities. While this e-book is not perfect, it does contain useful information for travelers with disabilities. Their companions will benefit from reading this short e-book, too.

Fit for Travel
Scotland's National Health Service publishes this informative article about travel health issues important to seniors.

Questions & Answers About Travelers' Health
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's comprehensive travel health Q&A covers nearly every aspect of travel health. The Q&A list includes links to informational websites, information on vaccines and diseases and handwashing instructions.

Traveling With Diabetes
This article by the American Diabetes Association provides travel planning information for people with diabetes.

How to Get Help When Things Go Wrong During Your Trip
When things go wrong at home, we know where to go for help. But on a trip, whom should you contact for emergency assistance? Learn what to do when accidents, natural disasters and other serious issues interrupt your trip.

Chikungunya – What Is It, and How Can You Avoid Getting It?
Chikungunya, the painful, mosquito-borne viral illness that has no specific treatment, has spread from Africa and Asia to the Caribbean. Find out how to avoid contracting chikungunya.

Should You Wear a Medical ID on Your Trip?
Wearing a medical ID tells doctors and emergency responders that you have health issues that could affect your treatment. Learn more about medical IDs and find out about low-cost and high-tech alternatives to medical ID jewelry.

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