HEALTH AND MEDICAL CARE
Illness and injuries can spoil a trip. At the very least, they can be nui-
sances—especially if you come down with an intestinal virus, whack your
head, break a tooth, or require stitches shortly before a scheduled airline or
ship departure. (At least one such incident happens in my family of five
whenever we take a European trip.)
To some extent, you can avoid problems by using common sense.
Don't brush your teeth with tap water if you're in a place where water
should be boiled; don't gorge on spicy food if you have a sensitive stom-
ach; don't walk up steeply angled sidewalks in Lisbon or San Francisco
while wearing high-heeled shoes; if you're taking prescription drugs, keep
duplicate bottles with you instead of packing them in checked luggage.
Two health-related Web sites are especially useful for travelers:
CDC Travel Information
Get reliable, up-to-date advice on immunization requirements,
epidemics, health risks, and staying well in 16 travel regions around
The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers
offers a directory of English-speaking physicians in 125 countries
and territories who have agreed to treat IAMAT members.