Preventing illness and injury while travelling and how to deal with them if they do occur.

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Is it safe to travel to Morocco due to the Ebola outbreak? [duplicate]

My family and I are due to travel to Marrakech and Agadir this week (Thusday 7th August) and despite the fact that the Ebola outbreak is mainly affecting West Africa, such as Sierra Leone, would it ...
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How to survive the heat in regions with very high temperature?

I am soon going to visit Las Vegas, and I heard that high temperatures are very normal there. I can't rule out the possibility of taking a walk while it's, say, 39 degrees Celcius. What steps can I ...
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I am a UK state pensioner (dual citizenship) now living in Canada returning for a 3 week visit to UK - will NHS cover me? [duplicate]

I am a UK state pensioner living in canada with Dual citizenship. will the NHS cover me during my 3 week trip to the UK starting 22 June? I will travel with my Canadian passport
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Problem on overstay regarding the new law that would start on the 12th of August in Thailand

I am a teacher in the North. I have a friend who also is a teacher; he is having an overstay issue because he was very sick so he could not go to Malaysia after he finished to sign the contract to ...
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Do I actually need an EHIC?

From what I've understood, the health security systems in EU are cooperating, so if I have public health insurance in one country, I can, when it's urgently needed, use medical services in the other ...
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Flying to the US with prescription antibiotics

I will be travelling to the USA, and I will need to take with me roughly two months' worth of antibiotics for my medical condition -- all in blisters, no liquids or aerosols. I do have a prescription ...
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Can I carry Homeopathic medicines and uncooked rice to Germany?

I am traveling to Germany. Can I carry Homeopathic medicines and uncooked rice to Germany? Thanks for the answers.. I am traveling from India to celle Germany.. I am used to Indian cuisine.. Is ...
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Why do I feel nauseous even before my plane ride? + Any tips?

This has only started occurring in the past 4-5 years and I'm 16. On one plane ride, I just didn't eat the right things and there was some heavy turbulence so I ended up throwing up many times. After ...
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What are the top three healthiest drink options on a typical US flight?

To not turn this into a health or personal opinion debate, let's define "healthiest" as having the least sugar and most protein. Tomato juice seems like a solid option. Any others? I see Minute Maid ...
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If I have an outstanding medical bill in America, can I go back there? [duplicate]

In 2007 I was in Texas when I fell really sick. I was rushed to hospital because my throat closed up and walked out with a medical bill of $1,200. I had travel insurance but they where being difficult ...
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How far in advance to get travel vaccinations?

I will be traveling to Costa Rica and Chile over the next 6-12 months and spending 1-2 months in each country while I am there. I checked the CDC website for Costa Rica and Chile, as well as the ...
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Is it safe to travel in Japan considering the nuclear situation?

Are there any areas that should be avoided and are there any steps I should take to protect myself from radiation?
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Can I get vaccinated for Japanese Encephalitis in India?

I'm traveling to India, and am planning on departing in 2 weeks. The only vaccine I haven't received yet is the one for Japanese Encephalitis, which requires 2 doses that are 28 days apart. I'll be ...
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What medical supplies to take for a small child for a stay in a remote village?

During our upcoming holiday, we'll be spending about a month in a remote village, about 3 hours drive from the nearest city, probably about 2 hours drive from the nearest pharmacy. After heavy rains, ...
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What is the average cost of a medical evacuation?

Many travel insurance plans include coverage for medical evacuation to privately transport you to your home country if you get seriously ill while abroad. What does this type of evacuation generally ...
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Indian prescription in America

I live in India, and I have an anaphylactic allergy to bees. I have been advised to take Epipen epinephrine injections after being stung, but Epipens are not sold in India. Next month I am flying to ...
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Do nursing mothers need an ICVP for yellow fever?

I'm a nursing mother and my child is only 6 months old. We want to travel to Nigeria on the 12th of June. Is it necessary to have an international certificate of vaccination or prophylaxis (ICVP), as ...
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Are there tips and tricks to overcome a fear of flying?

Are there tips and tricks for people with fear of flying that can makes them have a more pleasant experience when flying? I know drugs can do magic, and we've previously had debate on pills vs ...
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How to choose a good travel insurance policy?

When looking for travel insurance, there is a dizzying array of companies, policies, plans, restrictions, and conditions. What should a short-term traveler look for in an insurance plan? What things ...
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For fear of flying is drinking alcohol a healthier option than pills?

I have a series of flights ahead of me and I have a fear of flying. I usually drink in excess prior to boarding. I have had people recommend pills. I have also heard a mix of opinions on which option ...
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Health insurance for American living abroad visiting the USA

Note: I am an American citizen living in Norway. As an outdoor person, I plan to do some climbing, hiking etc. while visiting the USA this summer, and I was thinking it may be wise to get some ...
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Where can I purchase good and inexpensive protein powder in Hong Kong? [closed]

I'm looking for some good protein powders with good protein/total-weight ratio, something they might be making/selling from USA. Are there any stores that sell the genuine stuff for less than double ...
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Is it safe to drink water with a strong chlorine smell?

Are there any health issues with drinking heavily chlorinated water? During a recent trip to Australia (Queensland, NSW), virtually all tap water I found had a very strong chlorine smell and taste. I ...
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Rabies Injections - Visiting Phnom Tamao

I have recently gotten some travel injections for travelling to Cambodia. I am planning to go to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre and was wondering whether I should get rabies vaccinations? I ...
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Titanium in Body. Should I be careful of anything? [duplicate]

I have an all titanium wire mesh underneath my eye due to a car accident. It is supposed to be MRI and X-Ray safe and I have traveled with it once before. I usually avoid informing security beforehand ...
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How do you prepare for long haul flights?

I'm always feeling a bit unwell during and after long haul flights. I lose my appetite, can't sleep in the plane, food has no taste no matter what. However, I'm pretty sure it's not the flying itself, ...
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Travelling to the US with codeine-based medicines

I'm travelling to the US next month, and I'd like to take my codeine-based painkillers with me. In the UK these are available without a prescription, over the counter from a pharmacist. (It isn't just ...
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Ivory Coast, Africa: What diseases tend to occur there?

I have been doing a project as part of my virus research and traveling to where each form of a certain virus originated. My first destination is the Tai Forest. I am curious on what diseases, ...
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Is a mosquito net strictly necessary when traveling through India in low cost accommodation?

I've been in other countries where malaria prevention is a must like Senegal or Kenya and almost all low cost accommodations include a mosquito net (sometimes broken, but in general in good ...
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Avoiding or minimising altitude sickness?

From my personal anecdotal experience, I've seen first-hand some horror stories with altitude sickness. I will always tell people now to acclimatise, drink fluids, and follow the local tricks like ...
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To how much radiation are you exposed on a transcontinental flight?

You often hear people object to being scanned because of the "radiation" argument. I find this always quite amusing from people just being exposed to higher radiation levels during the average ...
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Are medical doctors legally doctors wherever they are?

"Is there a doctor on board"? Who hasn't heard this announcement while flying, specially long distance. I once talk to an American medical doctor on a non-American carrier who told me he tries to ...
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Finding if a medicine is available in India

I`m going to travel to India and would like to know if I will be able to purchase specific medication there. Is there an official site or similar indicating what remedies are available at India? ...
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Legalities and safety concerns of visiting prostitutes in Amsterdam

A friend of mine left his girlfriend after a long (~5 years) relationship. To cheer him up a little bit, we decided to go to Amsterdam, as they have liberal prostitution and drug consuming laws. ...
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How to prevent “Delhi Belly”?

Montezuma's revenge, Aztec two step, mummy's tummy, or Cairo two-step in Egypt, Kurtz Hurtz in Uzbekistan, Bombay belly or Delhi belly in India. A case of the sh-- or Hershey Squirts or The McSh-- in ...
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If I manage a trip drinking a little bit of local water without Delhi Belly, am I now fine in future?

I'm just back from a trip to Bangalore, which is one of those places where you risk Delhi Belly (or whatever the Bangalore local equivalent is!). On previous trips, I've sadly ended up affected by it. ...
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Do infants need their own seats on long flights?

What is the best way to approach a long (8+ hours) flight with a young child (1-2 years old)? It seems I am not required to purchase a seat for a child under two years of age which would save some ...
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Beside bringing along a N95 mask, what items should I bring when going to places that are hazy

I will be going to Malaysia this weekend for a business trip but I heard from News that there are Haze all over Malaysia and Singapore due to the forest burning in Indonesia. So, beside bringing ...
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Beijng Capital International Airport with asthma

We're considering taking a flight in August that connects in Beijing. One of us has mild asthma (usually well controlled) and other health problems that could get worse if the asthma is aggravated. ...
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Do I need to take any precautions regarding smog when travelling?

Recently, Beijing had issues with severe smog. I understand that too much smog can be unhealthy, but also that the likelihood of possible damage is probably related with the exposure time. For ...
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Compact, portable alternative to a bathroom scale

I'm not a complete health nut, but I do like to monitor my body weight. I used to weigh myself daily on a cheap (read: not entirely accurate) bathroom scale. Now that I'm traveling, it's completely ...
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Just what is unhealthy in the water in Mexico?

I've looked everywhere from guidebooks to the CDC website, but haven't been able to find out what is in the water in Mexico that makes it unhealthy to drink. I'm asking because my backpacking water ...
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Is the water clean in Manila?

It seems like a silly question for most of my travels, as I 'll be in a hotel, but I will travel a little bit.
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How to stay informed of disease outbreaks

How can a traveler be informed of any communicable disease outbreaks in the region one is traveling to? (or the city one is in). Is there an app/radio station that keeps a track of these outbreaks? ...
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Air travel in Canada with a medical implant

I understand there's some official card I need to go through airport security with metal in my leg. How do I apply for that? I don't know where to begin.
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Is yellow fever vaccine needed to travel to Europe?

I live in Brazil and I have a scheduled travel to France and Portugal. I've asked on the Portuguese consulate and they told me I wouldn't need the vaccine to enter the country. I didn't ask on the ...
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What are the risks drinking tap water in Laos?

Currently travelling in Laos, we are asking ourselves whether we should drink tap water or not? Could it potentially be dangerous or is it just a matter of a short and light sick? As I am currently ...
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Which transatlantic airline has the most leg space in coach?

Which transatlantic airline has the most leg space in the non-business section these days? I recently traveled from Los Angeles to London Heathrow on Virgin Atlantic (Airbus 340, if I recall ...
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Is dengue fever still on the rise in Mexico or is it subsiding?

On my last few trips to Mexico, I met more and more people on the Oaxaca coast who had caught dengue fever. But now that I haven't been for a few years - is it less of a concern now or has it become ...
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Are mosquito nets and clothing necessary in Central and South America?

I am considering going to Central and South America during April - June. I don't know how far into the jungles I will be going, but I certainly won't be going to the Amazon this time around. Is it ...