Dr. Henry DePhillips, Teladoc Chief Medical Officer
You and your family finally take off on your much anticipated summer vacation. The weather is perfect, everyone is getting along, the accommodations are exactly what you’d hoped they would be. You’re all ready to relax and have fun, when suddenly—sickness strikes.
It could be a child catching a stomach bug, someone getting too much sun or injured. Any of these unexpected ailments can put a damper on the best-laid vacation plans.
Do these examples sound familiar?
Unfortunately, it’s likely that they do. In contrast to the time and effort that often goes into planning vacation travel logistics and activities, many people neglect to plan for a health event that has the potential to ruin an otherwise. A recent national survey commissioned by Teladoc estimates that 132 million Americans have fallen ill while on vacation, and nearly one in two Americans (45 percent) report that they or someone they were traveling with has needed to see a medical professional while traveling. According to Kelton, the company that conducted the survey, this number represents millions of cancelled plans, vacation days wasted and money lost; not to mention a whole lot of stress and disappointment.
And losing vacation days to illness really gets people hot under the collar. Our survey also reveals that some people would prefer sitting through a timeshare sales presentation, or even sharing a bathroom with a stranger, to getting sick on a getaway. Still, while nearly a quarter of Americans worry about getting sick on vacation, many are leaving home without the essentials:
Though it’s easy to dismiss the possibility that an unforeseen illness could steal the sunshine from your trip, it’s important to be prepared. Here are few tips to try to keep your vacation sickness-free:
Vacations are all about building memories and having fun. Pack with your health in mind, and enjoy the vacation you deserve. Bon Voyage!