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travel health round-up

Welcome to our second travel health round-up (see the first round-up here), in which we share travel health related blog posts and news items that we find interesting, occasionally disgusting, and often instructive. If you have any suggestions for the next one, get in touch. Similar to Jodi's tale in our first round-up, Tracy and [...]

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should you take probiotics for travel?

You've probably heard about probiotics. They are often mentioned as a way to re-sync GI tracts that are going haywire. Many people swear by them and won't leave for a trip without them. Some people take them daily whether they are traveling or not. Are probiotics as effective as these people profess? Should you invest [...]

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doxycycline side effects

I wrote in an earlier post of my decision not to take malaria prophylactics. This is a personal decision and I don't necessarily recommend it for everyone. As with everything on this site, you should always consult a doctor at a travel health clinic before making such decisions. What I want to talk about today [...]

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erica and shaun from overyonderlust

Shaun and Erica, the couple behind Over Yonderlust, are currently making tracks in Central America. Their writing is terrifically thoughtful, entertaining, and often times hilarious, and their blog is rich in media - be sure to check out their wonderful photography and videos. They were a prime interview target, both because of their quality travel [...]

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travel bloggers health tips

Below are travel health tips from some very well traveled folks. Between them, few countries and territories have been unexplored and few illnesses and travel health disasters remain to be experienced. For the record, none of the tips involve turbo viagra, a concoction I discovered in Morocco. I simply find the pic amusing, and I [...]

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rabies information for travelers

First things first, as we mentioned in our article on travel immunizations, rabies is something that should be discussed with a doctor at a travel health clinic. Travelers rarely get rabies, but it is a potentially fatal disease and it exists almost everywhere in the world. This article will cover how to prevent and treat [...]

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schistosomiasis

According to the Carter Center, "in terms of socioeconomic and public health impact, schistosomiasis, also known as bilharzia or snail fever, is second only to malaria as the most devastating parasitic disease in tropical countries." 207 million people worldwide are infected with Schistosomiasis. Thankfully, it is also one of the most avoidable diseases for travelers. [...]

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travel health round-up

Sick on the Road intends to provide well organized, readable information and advice on travel health issues. As much as possible, we try to back up our advice with first hand experience (see our SteriPen Traveler review or this piece on amoebic dysentery, for example). Fortunately, there are many infections, parasites and illnesses we have [...]

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travel vaccinations and immunizations

Depending on where you are going, you might not need any vaccinations at all. On the other hand, you might need two arms worth. For many forms of international travel, getting stuck by a bunch of needles is a rite of passage. Here you will find: what travel immunizations and vaccinations you need to get [...]

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preventing and treating motion sickness

Almost everyone has experienced at least one form of motion sickness. Boat, plane, car, train - motion sickness can happen on any of these. The symptoms range from mild nausea and dizziness to vomiting and cold sweats. Motion sickness is thought to be primarily caused by conflicting neural signals. Your inner ear helps your body [...]

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