4 ways to sidestep medical mishaps on your summer vacation, from the Harvard Health Letter

Going on a summer vacation? There are no guarantees, of course, but a few simple steps can help you avoid medical mishaps while you're away from home, notes the August 2011 issue of the Harvard Health Letter.

For international travelers, the first stop should be www.cdc.gov/travel, where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information about vaccinations you might need and disease outbreaks you should be aware of.

The Health Letter also has suggestions for those vacationing closer to home as well as for visitors to far-flung places. Here are four of them:

1) Mind your feet. Especially if it's a sightseeing or hiking vacation, you're going to be spending more time on your feet than you do at home. Good, sensible shoes are the first line of defense. Pack some moleskin and small Band-Aids in case of blisters.

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