Content courtesy of the American Geriatrics Society
November 25, 2009
Check Your Vaccinations
Find out if you need to update your vaccinations: If you're traveling overseas, you may need to get certain shots before departing - up to 6 weeks before you leave, in some cases. Visit the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Web site, and click on your destinations for required and recommended vaccines.
Talk To Your Doctor
Explain your travel plans, and discuss any travel precautions you should take. Your doctor may ask you to come in for a checkup or to get any necessary shots.
Ask When You Should Take Your Medications
If you take medications, and will be crossing time zones, ask your physician whether you should take your meds at your usual home-time-zone time, or switch, and how. Also ask if any new foods you might eat while traveling could interact with your meds.
Guard Against Deep-vein Thrombosis(DVT)
Older adults run a higher-than-average risk of DVT, which happens when blood clots form in your veins, usually in your legs, and block blood flow. Sitting still for a long time on an airplane or train can contribute to DVT. But some research finds that wearing special "compression stockings" can help prevent this dangerous condition. Check with your doctor.
Get It In Writing
Ask your physician to write down the following:
Keep Your Pills in Their Original Containers
Do this with prescription and over-the-counter medicines and supplements. This will also make your trip through customs easier.
Carry All Necessary Medications With You
Pack your medications in your carry-on bag to avoid loss or damage.
Protect Yourself From Infection
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