SUNDAY, March 11 (HealthDay News) -- High school and college students around the country are gearing up for spring break, but getting hurt or sick on vacation can ruin the fun.
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) offers steps that students can take to prevent injuries and stay safe while traveling with their friends or family.
"Of course, if there's a medical emergency, a person should go to the nearest ER so we can treat them," said Dr. David Seaberg, ACEP president, in a news release. "But so many of the illnesses and injuries we see each year during spring break can easily be prevented with a little knowledge, preparation and common sense."
Before a spring break vacation, ACEP advised that every student should:
ACEP also warned that during spring break, a student should NOT:
"Spring break is a time to celebrate after the hard work you've done in the year," Seaberg said. "We want you to remember the fun memories from your vacation, not ones where you found yourself being treated in an emergency department because of something you could have prevented."
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides more tips on spring break health and safety.
-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
SOURCE: American College of Emergency Physicians, news release, March 6, 2012
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