Vaccines are important. First thing to do is visit your physician. Get your blood checked for anti-bodies from immunizations you may have already had. Then go to the Center for Disease Control travel page and compare your blood work to their recommendations for the countries your planning on visiting.

The cheapest place I found for immunizations is my city's Health and Human Services department.

You can check the number of reported infections of each country by clicking the country and then the immunization profile at the World Health Organization. Some immunizations are recommended but have only had 5 infections per 20 million people.

Malaria is serious business. Check the CDC's malaria prevention page for preventative drugs. Next check the country specific strain and drug resistance page. The CDC recommends 50% deet in your insect repellant. We have Ben's 100% Max Deet Insect Repellent We can dilute it to make 50% or use full strength around drains.

Yellow fever can be nasty too. If you're traveling to Africa or Central or South America.

We purchased travel insurance. Hospital costs can be expensive, while emergency transport home for treatment (medical evacuation) can easily exceed $100,000. However most only cover you for 30-90 days post trip. Then you're on your own.

How to Shit Around the World: The Art of Staying Clean and Healthy While Traveling There is much to learn from the Doctor of Poo. I had many misconceptions about drinking water and what I could and couldn't eat. This book cleared everything up for me.

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