An increasing number of US residents are traveling overseas for business because of the growing global economy. Based on the nature of the trip, business travelers may come in contact with different health risks than leisure travelers. It is recommended that employees see their on-site physicians 4-6 weeks before international travel, if possible. If not, there are still some vaccines that can be given with little to no notice.
It is important for employees to speak with their on-site physician prior to travel to make sure they take all the necessary precautions and are properly vaccinated based on national guidelines.
With jet lag and work-related stress, employees are already at risk for contracting an illness while traveling. Eating healthy, exercising, getting a good night’s sleep and avoiding alcohol are all ways to combat sickness while traveling. Depending on the destination, it can also be important to avoid tap water, ice and raw fruits and vegetables. Bottled water and food that is cooked and served hot is usually safe