(Originally published at OnePaper.com)
Besides the packing, travel arrangements and extra film, you may need to attend to health matters when visiting the Caribbean and Latin America. As you plan those blissful days and nights, find time to visit the Travelers’ Health information page, hosted by the National Center for Infectious Diseases and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Choose the Caribbean or either Temperate or Tropical South America from the ‘Regions’ drop-down menu at the Travelers’ Health Page. Included are sections on common ailments such as parasites and insect-borne diseases, vaccination requirements, and suggestions for a healthy trip to the tropics. There are also special links back to CDC pages on pregnancy during travel, preventing malaria in infants, preventing hepatitis and HIV infection and vaccination requirements for children under the age of 2. Pay particular attention to the Outbreaks link for more current health advisories.
While the CDC site and the Health Information page endeavor to present comprehensive, up-to-date information, their respective content should not take the place of sound medical advice. Your personal physician is the best source for additional information, especially if you are pregnant or nursing, or have a chronic condition.