Cell phones can be very handy when you travel. They can act as a flashlight. You can take a photo of your hotel and if you can’t communicate with your cabby, show him a picture. You can take a photo of important things, like your passport, itinerary , immunization record, medical history, medication list, phone numbers of your credit card companies international line to report stolen or lost cards, and the number of your travel health insurance company.
Getting shots to protect you from disease when you travel is a big part of a visit to a travel clinic. You may be getting shots for diseases you may have never even heard of before. Your travel health specialist can help you decide which shots make sense for you get based on where you are going, when you are going and what you might be doing while you are there. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) produces handouts called Vaccine Information Statements or VIS’s for every vaccine for kids and adults. These are available in over 35 languages.
VIS explain what the disease is, who should get it, and when it is given. It lists who should not get the vaccine and what the risks and possible reactions might be. This way you can weigh the risks and the benefits and decide how to best protect yourself from vaccine preventative diseases when you travel.