Simple Steps for the Best Spring Break Ever
by the We Can Do This COVID-19 Public Education Campaign l March 2023
(NAPSI)—Spring break is around the corner, and students everywhere are pulling out the essentials to prepare—whether that’s sunscreen to catch some rays, extra layers to hit the slopes, or fresh sheets to catch up on sleep. To make the most out of their time off, students should do some extra homework to make sure any travel in their spring break plans goes smoothly.
Before embarking on a spring break journey, review the following checklist of steps to ace your break:
Check travel requirements. Do your research before departing for your travel destination to check if there are any vaccines or medications you will need before your arrival. Some destinations may also have ongoing health risks, such as unsafe tap water, foreign diseases, or public health emergencies. You may want to check in with your health care provider as well before your departure.
Plan for unexpected issues. Consider getting travel insurance and making photocopies of your passport, government ID, and travel tickets to have as a back-up. Do a search to plan how you can access health care facilities at your destination in case of emergency. If you are traveling alone, be sure to designate an emergency contact from home.
Pack accordingly. Prevent illness or discomfort from disrupting your trip by packing sunscreen, weather-suitable clothing, bug repellent, and a water bottle to keep you hydrated. Make sure whatever liquids you pack meet any carry-on bag requirements or make a plan to purchase replacements upon arrival.
Update your COVID-19 protection. Get an updated COVID vaccine if your last dose was before September 2022. COVID can still be spread through crowds and an updated COVID vaccine can restore protection from hospitalization, severe illness, or premature death. Consider taking several masks with you as well if you will be in large groups or crowded public transportation.
“Spring break is a great time to let off some steam, but don’t let your guard down, especially as you travel to new places and find yourself in large crowds,” said Dr. Otis Gowdy, Jr., nephrologist at Internal Medicine Clinic in Meridian. “A COVID infection can still cause severe illness and hospitalization, including the risk of long COVID—and no one wants to miss out on opportunities while dealing with long-lasting symptoms.”
Spring break is a great time to enjoy a change from the hard work put in during the school year. Taking time to plan for a fun and healthy spring break will help you stay well and save hours of headaches and delays if trouble arises.
Visit www.vaccines.gov for more information about COVID vaccines.
Urgent Vehicle Safety Warning Ahead Of Holiday Travel Season
CVV News l December 2022
(NAPSI)—As you prepare for the busy holiday travel season, you should be aware of an urgent stop-drive warning issued to owners and custodians of certain older model Dodge and Chrysler vehicles who have not replaced their recalled driver-side Takata air bags.
Approximately 276,000 2005-2010 Dodge Magnum station wagons, Dodge Challenger coupes, Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans fall under this warning. FCA US LLC has distributed notices to owners and custodians of these vehicles to immediately stop driving them.
If you are unsure if your vehicle falls under this recall, you can check by visiting http://www.mopar.com/recalls, www.checktoprotect.org or www.nhtsa.gov/recalls and entering your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). The 17-character VIN is usually located on the driver’s side dashboard near the windshield and is also often on insurance and registration documents.
If your vehicle is affected by this stop-drive order, you should call
833-585-0144 to discuss the best options for your free repair. FCA US LLC will help arrange for your car to be transported to your authorized dealership or schedule a mobile repair unit to come to your home to replace the recalled air bag. Air bag recall repairs can take as little as one hour and dealers make the process as easy as possible for drivers.
This issue requires immediate attention because the longer these particular vehicles remain unrepaired, the greater the risk of an air bag rupture which can cause serious injury or death in the event of a crash where the air bag deploys.