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Medical Conditions and Travel: You Should NOT travel by air if...

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When I travel, the most I worry about is if I have all of my paperwork, did I get all the clothing items I wanted to take and whether I will remember to clear the gate at the airport on time.

While I might believe that all of my hassle is a lot to bear, there are a lot of travelers out there who have to travel with medical conditions that I had never thought about before, that was – until my husband decided to take a missionary trip to Haiti – and now I’m attempting to find out about everything I can on how to make travel arrangements for people with a medical conditions which require prescription medicines daily.

While researching more on this subject, it has become an interesting few days. Here’s some information that I believe will help my international travelers with medical conditions to have a more pleasant travel time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (in the United States) has a website that will help in all of your travel arrangements for traveling to certain destinations, based on destinations.

The site allows travelers to see travel notices with respect to the destination that they’re seeking travel to; it also has a clinic directory in case you as a traveler need to visit a clinic. There are disease directories for every disease that is related to the destination. It also has three views, one for the travelers, and one for the clinicians and one for others in the travel industry in case you were seeking such information.

According to this site, In general, you should not travel by air if you:

• Will be taking a baby less than 48 hours (2 days) old
• Have passed 36 weeks of pregnancy (or 32 weeks if you are carrying twins, triplets, etc.)
• Have recently had any type of surgery, especially stomach, brain, eye, or orthopedic (bone and joint) surgery. Check with your doctor to see when it is safe for you to travel.
• Have had a recent stomach, eye, or head injury. Check with your doctor to see when it is safe for you to travel.
• Have had a recent heart attack or stroke
• Are suffering from:
o Chest pain
o Any disease that you can easily spread to other people (For a listing of infectious diseases, how they are spread, and how long someone is contagious, see Understand How Infectious Diseases Are Spread.)
o Swelling of the brain caused by bleeding, injury, or infection
o Severe sinus, ear, or nose infections
o Severe chronic respiratory diseases, breathlessness at rest, or a collapsed lung
o Sickle cell disease
o Psychotic illness except when fully controlled
• Have a fever of 100° F (38° C) or greater AND one or more of the following:
Understand How Infectious Diseases Are Spread
o Obvious signs of illness (e.g., severe headache, weakness, skin and eyes turning yellow)
o Skin rash
o Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
o Persistent, severe cough
o Confusion, especially if it has just started
o Bruising or bleeding (without previous injury)
o Diarrhea that does not go away
o Vomiting that does not go away (other than motion sickness)

If you're experiencing any of the things listed above, then I would recommend that you seek medical attention before you travel.

Otherwise, my happy travelers, happy and safe travels to you! and until next time.

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