In 2009, an estimated 6.4 million US residents traveled overseas for business. With the increasingly global economy, this number is expected to increase. Because of the nature of the trip, business travelers may face different health risks than do leisure travelers. Find out about some of the risks of business travel and what you can do to protect yourself.
"Smithers, I need you in Quito by Thursday morning." You don't always get much advance notice before a business trip. CDC recommends seeing a doctor 4–6 weeks before a trip, but if you don't have that much time, even a last-minute visit can be useful. Some vaccines can be given on shortened schedules or may offer partial protection, even if you don't have time for all the doses. You can also talk to your doctor about health risks at your destination and what you can do to stay healthy (not all diseases can be prevented with vaccines). Visit CDC's travel destinations page for more specific information on your destination.
"This contract is worth millions to the company, so don't mess it up." Business travelers are frequently under a lot of work-related stress, in addition to the stress of traveling. To minimize the negative health effects of stress, eat healthful meals, exercise regularly, avoid alcohol, and get a good night's rest. On longer trips, to maintain your mental health, stay in regular contact with your friends and family at home.