Child Travel Safety Tips

Traveling Abroad

  • Bring your child's pediatrician a complete travel itinerary. Your itinerary should include where you'll be and your planned activities so your doctor can assess which diseases your child may be at risk of contracting and whether additional immunizations are appropriate.
  • Call your health insurance company. Find out what coverage your policy provides in other countries should you have a medical problem.
  • Get an up-to-date record of your child's immunizations. Immunizations not only serve to prevent disease. Some countries have immunization entry requirements to protect their own citizens from imported diseases.
  • Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Travel Information site. Get helpful and up-to-date information on any warnings they might have about visiting your destination.

Sources: American Academy of Pediatrics; Caring for Your Baby: Birth to Age 5, (Bantam, 1999); AirSafe.com; Travelocity.com; Safer Child, Inc.; U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons; Safe Stay U.S.A.

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