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Travel tips for people going to China or the Arabian Peninsula

There is currently no vaccine to prevent H7N9. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is repeating its standard advice to travelers and Americans living in China to follow good hand hygiene and food safety practices and to avoid contact with animals.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Modified: May 15, 2013 at 10:32 pm •  Published: May 16, 2013

• Wash your hands often with soap and water.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

• Avoid close contact with sick people.

• Be sure you are up-to-date with all of your shots, and if possible, see your health care provider at least 4 to 6 weeks before travel to get any additional shots.

• If you are sick, cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and throw the tissue in the trash.

• Avoid contact with other people to keep from infecting them.

When should someone see a health care provider?

You should see a health care provider if you develop a fever and symptoms of lower respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, within 10 days after traveling from countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula. You should tell the health care provider about your recent travel.

by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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