Don't let travel-related illness spoil your next vacation

Published: Aug. 4, 2017 at 12:37 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2017 at 1:33 PM CDT
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WSFA/NBC - This is the time of year where we do lots of traveling and the Centers for Disease Control encourages us to take precautions before we pack those bags.

Infectious disease physician Dr. Tim Haman says before you travel you need to check the CDC's travel website.

"It's got the information as far as what vaccines you need, what medications you need, what diseases are common, what precautions you
should take."

Haman says some of those precautions, particularly vaccines and preventative oral medications, must be given weeks, sometimes months
before traveling to certain areas.

The most common sickness? Traveler's diarrhea.

According to Haman, that typically comes from drinking contaminated water, eating contaminated food. Harmon says most people are pretty wise these days to avoid drinking tap water. The problem comes when people get bottled water or bottled drinks and put it on ice.

The ice introduces harmful bacteria. Haman says his best piece of advice, avoid tap water, fresh fruits and vegetables that might be washed in a sink, and undercooked meat. also, pack the Imodium.

"Travel with some Imodium as long as the diarrhea is non-bloody, you can take the Imodium. And that will usually help you get better. Some people do carry, and I do this sometimes with patients, we'll send a few days worth of the antibiotic Cipro in case they do get traveler's diarrhea," said Haman.

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