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Kick Off Summer Vacation With Five Simple Tips to Safely Store Medicines While Traveling
Date:6/27/2012

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With summer here and vacation season underway, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) Educational Foundation, in partnership with the PROTECT Initiative, today released five medicine safety tips for families traveling with young children. According to a recent travel report, more than three in five U.S. adults (64 percent), or an estimated 154 million Americans, plan to go on at least one vacation over the next several months.

The percentage of Americans planning to travel between May and October 2012 is up from 64 percent last April, and 56 percent in April 2010. As a result, the CDC and CHPA Educational Foundation are providing parents and caregivers with a few simple tips to protect children during the busy summer as a part of the Up and Away and Out of Sight educational program.

"Thousands of young children end up in emergency departments every year after getting into medicine while their parents or caregivers are not looking," said Dan Budnitz, M.D., M.P.H., director of CDC's Medication Safety Program. "Accidental ingestions don't take a vacation, so it's important for parents to keep medicines and vitamins up and away and out of sight at home, and also when families are away from their homes and staying in hotels or as guests in other's homes."

Tips for safely storing medicines and vitamins on-the-go, include:

  1. When packing for a trip, keep your medicines in their original child-resistant containers. Other containers, such as pill organizers and baggies, often lack child safety features and
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