Recently, I went to the movies to see “Sex and the City 2” with my husband, who surprisingly enjoyed the film as much as I did. In the movie, Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda travel to Abu Dhabi for an exotic, all expenses-paid getaway.
While the movie naturally made international travel look luxurious and easy, it got me thinking about all of the steps folks should take when they travel to foreign countries.
At U.S. HealthWorks, we offer medical guidance when it comes to international traveling, such as administering the appropriate vaccines. Travel medicine is an important part of any trip outside of the United States, as it can help prevent deadly overseas diseases. We also help patients if they have any questions regarding what medications they should take with them on their journey.
Vaccination isn’t the only important health concern when it comes to traveling abroad. As the “Sex and the City” women saunter through the sweltering desert on camels and later sip on fancy cocktails, I thought about how in real life, heat illness is a probable hazard. Alcohol can lead to dehydration, so rather than throwing back cosmopolitans like the leading ladies, you should instead choose the less sexy option – water or electrolyte drinks.
So while your next foreign getaway may not be as extravagant as the one in the movie, who says there’s nothing more in style than international travel that’s safe?
– Alesia J. Wagner, Regional Medical Director, Southern California