CDC suggests taking precautions during spring break

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Spring break is right around the corner and some may get the chance to spend it soaking up the sun or enjoying a week of relaxation.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that not all spring break destinations are created equal. Some have specific health risks that you should be aware of.

The CDC suggests packing smart and preparing a travel health kit with the items you may need on your trip. These may include prescription, over-the-counter medicines, insect repellent, sunscreen, and hand sanitizer.

The CDC also says it would be a good idea to find out if your health insurance covers medical care abroad as many plans don’t.

Considering additional insurance that covers health care and emergency evacuation, especially if traveling to remote areas, is a good idea, according to the CDC.

Lori VanDamme, registered nurse at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital says when on vacation, most often forget that anything can happen.

“When you go on vacation, you’re thinking about the fun things,” says VanDamme. “We don’t really think about how sometimes just picking up the little tiny virus or bug can create such havoc.”

She says that washing your hands with soap and water should be one of the number one focuses.

If you have any questions on potential problems you could encounter while on vacation or to see more tips on how to properly prepare for a trip, visit the CDC’s website for more details on spring break travel.

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