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May/Jun 2011 Issue

Plan ahead to safeguard your health on vacation

By plane, train or automobile, Americans are getting ready to take off on their spring and summer vacation, but make sure to pack your prescriptions and a healthy dose of common sense to save trouble and money on the road.

Nothing can turn a dream vacation into a nightmare faster than a medical emergency. Travelers will be better equipped to handle any health issues that might come up if they plan ahead, research their destination and carry proper documentation. Whether you’re traveling across the state or around the world, follow these tips to prevent illness and prepare for unexpected medical emergencies.

If you are traveling internationally, check on recommended or required vaccinations at your destination. You may be advised to be vaccinated for cholera, tetanus, tuberculosis and typhoid, among other diseases. Some vaccinations must be given 2 to 12 weeks before the trip so plan ahead.

Vacationers who are flying should pack medications in a carry-on in case your luggage is lost, stolen or delayed. Keep drugs in their original container. If you have a prescription for narcotics or syringes, be sure to pack a paper copy of prescriptions in your luggage. Also leave a copy of your prescriptions at home with a family member or friend. It’s also a good idea to carry a backup prescription for your glasses or contact lenses.

If you have a potentially disabling health problem, such as epilepsy or diabetes, wear a MedicAlert identification bracelet or necklace to alert health professionals in the event of a problem.

Finally, remember your membership entitles you to AAA Prescription Savings. This is not insurance but a discount at participating pharmacies. AAA members save an average of 24 percent on prescriptions from nine out of 10 pharmacies. To locate a participating pharmacy, call (866) AAA-SAVE (866-222-7283) or click on

VIN Etch can help deter vehicle theft

As an effective theft deterrent, the Club will offer window etching of your vehicle’s VIN (vehicle identification number) at several AAA offices in the region.

The cost for the service is $30 for AAA members and $40 for non-members, including six etchings per car. AAA offers discounts on insurance for VIN Etching.

Call 1-800-AAA-ROAD ext. 6821 to make appointments at least 48 hours in advance of the available dates. Please have your VIN number handy when calling.


At Pharmacy

AAA members save an average of 24 percent from nine of 10 pharmacies through the AAA Prescription Savings program.

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