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Staying Healthy on a Cruise

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gives this advice to help you stay healthy and get the most out of your cruise vacation:t>

Regardless of your itinerary, you should be up-to-date on routine vaccines. Additional vaccines you'll need depend on where you'll be stopping and what you're going to do there. CDC's general vaccination recommendations, by country, can be found on the Travelers' Health destination pages. If you're stopping in a country only for a short time, or if you don't plan to leave the tourist area around the dock, certain vaccines may not be necessary.

Colds, Nausea, Diarrhea
The best way to prevent colds and g.i. problems is frequent handwashing with soap and water. Wash your hands  before eating and after using the bathroom,  changing diapers, or touching things that other people have touched, such as stair railings. If soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol) is a good second choice. You will see hand sanitizer dispensers throughout your cruise ship -- use them.

On shore, especially in developing countries, follow basic food and water precautions: eat only food that is cooked and served hot, drink only beverages from sealed containers, avoid ice, and eat fresh fruit only if you have washed it with clean water and peeled it yourself.

If you are (or think you might be) prone to seasickness, talk to your doctor about medicine to decrease your symptoms. Note that many common medications (including some antidepressants, painkillers, and birth control pills) can worsen the nausea of seasickness.

For more information on healthy travel, visit www.cdc.gov/travel.

Travel Health Insurance and Evacuation Insurance

Check with your regular health insurance company to see if your policy will cover any medical care you might need in another country or on board the ship. If not, you can purchase travel health insurance to cover you during your trip.

Also, your health insurance might not cover medical evacuation if you cannot receive needed treatment where you are. Evacuation by air ambulance can cost $25,000–$100,000 and must be paid in advance by people who do not have insurance. You can buy medical evacuation insurance to be sure you will have access to emergency care.  Compare kinds of travel insurance and rates at Squaremouth to get the best plan at the best rates and to see what works best for you:  Best Travel Insurance

Travel Medicines and Supplies

Click on a category to find travel medicines and supplies to take on your trip
Seasick Remedies
(Note: We also highly recommend ginger capsules for motion sickness.)
Airborne Cold Medicine
(An herbal formula that is good against viruses.)

Insect Repellent
Insect Bite Treatments
Sunburn Treatment
First Aid Kits
Headache Remedies
Corticosteriod Creams & Ointments
Earplanes - Pressure Regulation for Air Travel

Don't forget to take your prescription medicines (in their original bottles for identification at customs). Carry them by hand not in your luggage in case your luggage is lost or delayed.

For other meds do a custom search at drugstore.com:


For more travel medical tips see /travelmedicaltips.html

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