Seniors are among the most frequent international travelers, but they are also the most susceptible to illness, making it essential that they are as informed as possible when it comes to staying safe overseas. In an effort to make this easier, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released an online version of its Health Information for International Travel 2014.
Commonly referred to as the Yellow Book, the manual features a wealth of information to ensure travelers stay healthy when they're away from home. Among the features included in the online handbook are a destination-specific list of vaccine requirements as well as recommendations to make certain that travelers are protected against a location's common ailments. There are also new sections on diseases such as E. coli and salmonella. New features on destinations such as Jamaica, Thailand and Vietnam have also been added this year.
"International travel can be an incredible experience, but it has its risks and the hazards are ever-changing. The Yellow Book clearly and comprehensively gives the most updated health-related precautions and information for traveling internationally," said Dr. Gary Brunette, chief of the CDC's Travelers' Health Branch. "By following CDC recommendations, international travelers can stay healthy and safe so they can take full advantage of their traveling experiences."
Along with being up to date on vaccinations and certain destination-specific health risks, it's important for older adults to take certain precautions before traveling. Perhaps most importantly, seniors should make sure to pack enough medication for the duration of their trip, the CDC notes. Prescription medication should always be carried in its original container along with a copy of the prescription itself. Additionally, it should be packed in carry-on luggage instead of checked bags.