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DID YOU KNOW? ABOUT FLU
Every day in the United States 100 people die from the flu. Not the dreaded swine flu, just the normal flu like people get all the
time. That's 100 people a day. Thirty-six thousand people a year. And if that sounds like a lot consider it's only one three-millionth of
one percent of the population. If it takes re-reading that sentence a couple of times to make you feel better then re-read it.As of this
writing one infant in the US has died from the swine flu. Also consider that flu vaccinations acquired in the past few years will render
a good percentage of our population resistant to the new strain. That doesn't mean they can't get it, but it won't necessarily be as
severe as it might have been.Further, consider that the government is holding 50,000,000 doses of vaccine designed for just this
type of virus, enough for one out of every six souls in the entire country, which they'll be using to inoculate any demographic or
regional areas that appear to be on the verge of major outbreaks.In Douglas Addam's comic novel A Hitchhiker's Guide to the
Galaxy; he describes a book used by intelligent beings throughout the universe that has two words on the cover: Don't Panic. There
is no better advice than that for this time. Good advice: Don't Panic Keep informed click below.
wwwCentersforDiseaseControlandPrevention.com www.MexicoTourismBoard.com At this time Carnival Corporation is deverting
their ships from Mexico port of calls.
INSURANCE: Are you over the age of 65? If so I recommend you always check with your secondary insurance, this is if you are on
Medicare. Your Medicare through the U.S. government will not protect you while on a cruise ship or out of the Country. Normally this
means neither does your secondary. I always recommend insurance. Not just for cancellation, but also health. Please do not leave
home without it!
In an Emergency call oversees citizens Service:
From the U.S. & Canada1-888-407-4747 From Overseas+1-202-501-4444
Considerations for Older Travelers: An increasing number of older U.S. citizens are traveling abroad. The U.S. Department of State
wants you to be prepared so that you can enjoy your trip. Please consider the following tips as you plan your travel. Additionally, if
you plan on residing overseas, please review our webpage on retiring abroad.
Travel Documents: Apply for a passport at least three months before you travel. If you have one, be sure to check the passport's
expiration date as well as the entry requirements for the countries you will be visiting. Some countries require that passports be
valid for six months after your trip ends and some foreign countries require that U.S. travelers obtain a visa. Entry information for
foreign countries is available in the Country Specific Information pages.
Stay Connected: A secure way to maintain your emergency contact information is to enroll with our Smart Traveler Enrollment
Program. Your information is stored securely and enables the Department of State, U.S. embassy, or U.S. consulate to contact you,
your family, or your friends in an emergency according to your wishes.
Health Informatio: Health care tops the list of concerns for many older U.S. citizens who are thinking about traveling abroad.
Consult with your physician prior to your travel overseas to identify your healthcare needs at your destination. Research the
environmental conditions at your overseas destination that may contribute to your specific health concerns, particularly if you are
sensitive to altitude, air pollution, humidity, or other conditions, and check availability and standards of care. For more tips related to
health issues, visit our website. You may also find health information at the Travelers’ Health page of the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
Medical Insurance Beyond Medicare: Medicare, the U.S. government health plan for people aged 65 years and older, does NOT
cover health care overseas. We highly recommend that you obtain health insurance to cover emergency medical and dental
treatment and for medical evacuation to the United States. Many companies offer short-term health and emergency assistance
policies to cover healthcare expenses incurred overseas, including emergency services such as medical evacuations.
Pharmacies and Medications: If you routinely take prescription medication, be sure to include an ample supply for your trip, and
adjust your medication schedule as you cross time zones. Carry a letter from your doctor describing your conditions and the
medication you require. To avoid questions or delays at customs or immigration, keep medications in their original, labeled
containers. Please be sure to ask your physician and pharmacist for the generic or chemical name of your medication. Drug
names differ in many countries, and pharmacists and physicians abroad are more likely to be familiar with this name. Check with
the embassy or consulate of the country you plan to visit to ensure that your medications are not considered illegal substances
under local laws.
Local Conditions: Extremes in climate can adversely affect the health of some travelers. Ask your doctor if you can travel to high
altitude locations. As you travel, ask your tour operator or hotel about local conditions, including recommendations about taxis and
other transportation options, restaurants, and the safety of local drinking water. Information on safe food and water precautions
may be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) hotline for international travelers at 1-800-CDC-
INFO (1-800-232-4636) or via the CDC website. You can find more information about particular food safety concerns in the Country
Specific Information and U.S. embassy or consulate webpages.
Travel Smart: Pack lightly and learn what clothing would be appropriate for your destination. Be aware that physical activity
undertaken during travel can be strenuous, and sudden changes in diet and climate can have serious health consequences for the
unprepared traveler, no matter your age. Build, ample personal time into your itinerary—whether to catch up to a current time zone
or to enjoy an extra travel site.
Financial Information: Understand the financial system and know the currency rates at your travel destination. Tell your bank or
credit card company of your travel plans so that its security measures do not freeze your account. Often they will block a card if they
see unfamiliar patterns of use and they don’t know you are on a foreign trip. Ask if your bank has any branches at your travel
destination or international banking partners where you could safely deposit or withdraw funds as needed. Read the Crime section
of the Country Specific Information for the countries you will visit to review the ATM scams and other financial scams that may be
targeting foreign visitors. If ATM service is not widely available or is not secure, bring travelers checks and one or two major credit
cards instead of planning to use cash. Many banks in most countries will issue cash advances from major credit cards.
Accessibility and Accommodations: If you have mobility difficulties or use a wheelchair, determine what the access is to areas
such as swimming pools, public facilities, hotels, restaurants, bars, restrooms, etc. Determine if shopping and entertainment are
accessible. For more information, check our section on Traveling with Disabilities.
Beware of Scams: Scammers intend to get money from their victims by making the victims believe they will gain something of
great personal value (financial gain, a romantic relationship, helping someone in trouble, the safe return of a friend, etc.).
Scammers operate primarily via the Internet, email, and phone. For more information, please review our information on
International Financial Scams. Information on scams common in your destination country can also be found in each country's
Country Specific Information.
Prepare for Emergencies: Leave emergency contact information and a copy of your passport biographic data page with family and
trusted friends. Carry emergency contact information for your family in the United States with you when you travel (be sure to also
pencil it in the emergency contact information section of your passport). Know the contact information for the nearest U.S. embassy
or consulate, available on the Country Specific Information page for each country and on each embassy or consulate’s website, and
provide that information to your family and friends. If there is an emergency situation where you are staying, such as civil unrest,
disrupted transportation, or a natural disaster, prevent undue worry or concern by contacting your family and friends as soon as
possible. A secure way to maintain your emergency contact information is to enroll with our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.
One sure way to ruin your travel is to lose money because an emergency has forced you to postpone or cancel your trip. Take
careful note of the cancellation policies for your travel and consider purchasing travel and luggage insurance. Many credit card,
travel, and tourism companies offer protection packages for an additional fee.
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From Alaska to Europe, an unforgettable cruise is waiting for you.
Let's Go Linda