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Travel Precautions Critical During Swine Flu Season
Date:9/21/2009

BOSTON, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- SmarterTravel(R), a comprehensive travel advice resource for the budget-conscious traveler, today released a checklist of strategies for staying safe while traveling during this highly anticipated flu season.

Travel Checklist:

  • Check your health insurance: Before you depart, check your healthcare provider's coverage plans in your destination as a precaution in case you develop the swine flu, or any illness, while traveling.

  • Consider travel insurance: With so many options out there, travelers are often confused when it comes to policy coverage. Read the fine print and be sure you understand what your policy covers when booking.

  • Do your research: Sites such as the Center for Disease Control or your final destination's local tourism board will have the most up to date information. It may help shape your travel plans when you arrive, so log on before you go.

  • Know your rights: If you are refused plane entrance and do not have swine flu, travel insurance may not protect you, so seek compensation from the airline. This depends upon your policy, so read carefully.

  • Understand cancellation policies: If there's an outbreak in the destination prior to travel, check with your chosen airline or cruise line on its most updated cancellation policy. See past examples from last spring's outbreak.

  • Avoid crowds: If you are traveling in a country where swine flu is prevalent, a
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