An 8-step plan to travel healthy overseas

Holidays abroad are an exciting event. Exotic locations can mean a higher risk of possible health problems and a greater likelihood of not receiving adequate medical services.

Plan your travel health as carefully as your travel trip with Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld of the Fox News Channel has suggested 8 Travel Tips that will ensure you a safe, happy and healthy vacation.

1. You have updated downloads.

The CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/travel has information on recommended immunizations for each country you plan to travel to. They have also suggested precautions for a healthy trip.

2. Do not brush your teeth with tap water.

Local water sometimes transmits pests and bacteria that can make a non-local sick. For this reason, do not use bottled water with bottled water. Instead of bottled water, boiling local tap water for at least 1 minute will kill all diseases that can cause disease.

3. Peel the fruits and vegetables, do not eat them raw with the skin.

Like local water, food can also carry diseases for the traveler. The CDC recommends not eating food purchased by street vendors. Dr. Rosenfeld suggests peeling fresh fruits and vegetables without eating raw skin. Make sure the foods you eat are fully cooked.

4. Take extra prescription drugs with you.

There is nothing worse than consuming the necessary medicines while on vacation. Prepare to unexpectedly take more medicine with you than the number of days you really expect to travel. Delays and the unexpected can happen, so be prepared.

5. Create a travel first aid kit.

Create one or two first aid kits. Why two kits? One you hold in your suitcase and the other to hold your face. The suitcase includes antidepressants, anti-diarrhea drugs and a mild laxative. A package of preferred decongestant and antihistamines should be included with 1% cortisone and antifungal creams. Keep personal latex gloves, film aids, blisters moleskin and antibiotic cream in your personal kit. The anti inflammatory drug of your choice and lozenges in the throat are also important.

6. Make a travel insurance investment.

Because no one has a crystal ball, it is a good idea to buy travel insurance so that an expected trip is not disappointing both financially and emotionally when something goes wrong.

7. It does not swim in lakes or lakes.

Parasitic and bacterial diseases can exist in ponds and ponds as can be used in local drinking water. Avoid swimming in unstable bodies of water. Swimming in the ocean or in chlorinated pools is ok. But swimming in a local river should be avoided.

8. Prepare for mosquitoes.

Make sure you have sunscreen and insect repellent installed. The repellant should contain DEET at a concentration of 20-50%, which is acceptable for children over 2 months of age and for adults according to the CDC. Apply your sunscreen first and then spray the repellent on your body and clothes. Wear long sleeves and trousers when possible to avoid mosquitoes, fleas and ticks. Malaria-transmitting mosquitoes are more active at dusk and again at dawn. Those who bite during the day tend to carry dengue dengue.

If an injury or unexpected illness hits a member of your traveler, seek the help of one or more organizations that specialize in this type of situation. The International Travel Medicine Society and the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene also have websites and can give you information about clinics in your area. MEDEX at http://www.medexassist.com is another organization listed on the CDC website and worth checking out.

So be prepared and travel healthy. Enjoy your vacation without worry, because you know you are already prepared for the worst. And of course, if you're ready, the worst will never happen.