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In one fell swoop, the swine flu outbreak put a damper on any traveling you planned to do outside of the United States. The fact is, with it spreading like wildfire across the nation, you have to travel more wisely and safely in your homeland as well.To cut my long story short, even though wide spread coverage about swine flu has the world on alert watching carefully for any swine flu symptoms and jumping on the bandwagon when it comes to precautions and treatments. The thing is knowing where the virus is cropping up around the world. Once you understand where, you can focus your attention on how to avoid contracting swine flu when you travel. Now, there are some essential tips for traveling during this swine flu pandemic that will keep you safe and healthy.IF YOU PLAN TO FAIL, YOU FAIL TO PLANThe truth is, planning your personal or business trip should first begin with assessing your location for the level of confirmed cases of swine flu. Just in case you are wondering, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone postpone or suspend traveling to Mexico which is where the first cases were recorded. If you are faced with a compromised immune system or any other chronic condition, you make preparation to take preventative antiviral medicines before you begin your trip in order to lower your risk of picking of the virus. YOUR IMMUNIZATION RECORDSA good rule of thumb is to review your personal record of standard immunizations to ensure that your records are up to date. Here’s something else you need to know, the general flu vaccine will not provide you with protection against the swine flu outbreak. Presently, the United States government has not approved any vaccine for the swine flu.YOUR PRESCRIPTIONSDon’t forget to pack all of your prescription medication with the appropriate pharmacy labels intact. Keep an updated list of any known allergies, as well as your healthcare provides name and telephone number in case of an emergency. KEEP UPDATEDEducate yourself and pay close attention to every swine flu update you receive from a trusted news source. WEAR A MASK If it is absolutely necessary that you travel to a high-risk area like Mexico, New York, California or Texas, don’t be ashamed to wear a mask. Swine flu is airborne, so you can best believe this is an important protective measure.MONITOR YOUR HEALTHWhen you get home from your trip, keep a watchful eye on your health for at least 7 days. There is an incubation period after exposure. So swine flu symptoms may not show up immediately upon contact with a contagious person. With each lesson learned here, you are one step closer to protecting yourself from the swine flu outbreak. To summarize, plan your trip carefully, make sure you have all of your shots, stay on top local and national swine flu updates and protect your health at all costs. You understand the importance of this don’t you?