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What can I do to keep myself and my family healthy and safe on vacation?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
No one wants to get sick on vacation. Watch the video for tips on keeping healthy while traveling.


There are many things you can do to keep your family safe while enjoying your vacation. Often travel safety depends on the kind of vacation you are planning. For example, if you are planning to be around water, always make sure your children are well supervised, and plan for appropriate personal floatation devices for those planning to swim. For international travel, you should visit your doctor before the trip to update your vaccinations and see if any specific ones are recommended for the country you are going to. If you are planning on car travel, make sure to arrange for car seats that are age and size appropriate. For any vacations in the sun, don’t forget the sunscreen! It is also always important to stay hydrated with clean water and wash your hands frequently. For extra tips on healthy travel, check out the CDC website: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.

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