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How can my family stay illness-free during vacations?

Prior to going on your vacation, schedule a visit with your physician or a travel clinic to see if you need any vaccinations or prophylactic medications while on your trip. For countries outside North America, avoid tap water, drinks with ice in them, and thin-skinned vegetables or fruits (such as tomatoes or apples). In areas known to have malaria, certain medications, insect repellant with DEET, nets around the bed you will sleep in, and long-sleeved shirts and pants are recommended. Also consider the use of sunscreen and alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

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