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ALL ABOARD FOR HEALTHY TRAVEL

 WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether you're off on a whirlwind tour or a relaxing cruise, overseas travelers can ensure a healthy trip by taking several precautions before departure.
 Carter D. Hill, M.D., a board certified emergency physician and medical director for Holland America Line Westours, reminds cruise passengers to ask about the adequacy of onboard medical care, including availability of a qualified physician. "Increasingly, specialists in emergency medicine, trained to treat a variety of acute conditions, are serving aboard ships," says Hill. In response, the Maritime Medicine Section of the American College of Emergency Physicians is developing guidelines for the practice of quality shipboard medicine.
 If you are planning a vacation abroad, Hill advises you to contact the local health department, or medical board, for a travel clinic referral 4-6 weeks before leaving. "The clinic can help determine any necessary immunizations for the countries you're visiting, and will provide you with a World Health Organization Vaccination Card to be carried with your passport as a record of immunization," he says.
 "Entry to many destinations currently requires proof of yellow fever immunization and some may require vaccination for cholera, especially when travelers have previously visited a country known for these diseases," says Hill. Depending on the itinerary, vaccination against hepatitis A, malaria, and typhoid is also recommended, as is documentation of a negative or positive TB test, and updates for tetanus, polio, and measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccinations.
 "Preparation is the best insurance for a healthy vacation," says Hill, who offers the following added tips for travelers:
 -- Medicare, or your private insurer, often will not cover foreign travel. Check into coverage options, including Emergency Disembarkation Insurance, which allows you to return home in case of serious illness.
 -- Pack all prescribed medicines in your carry-on luggage and be sure to bring an adequate supply.
 -- Bring a copy of your medical record, listing prescriptions, and highlighting any conditions, such as an abnormal EKG report, that may require serious medical attention.
 -- Pack your own first aid kit to deal with minor problems like diarrhea, commonly contracted by visitors to countries with untreated drinking water. For a list of items to include in your travelers first aid kit, send a business-size, self-addressed, stamped envelope to: American College of Emergency Physicians, 900 17th St. N.W., Suite 1250, Washington, D.C. 20006.
 -- Enjoy your trip!
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 /CONTACT: Michele Kamber of the American College of Emergency Physicians, 202-728-0610/


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