Visiting foreign places, we try to be aware of the diseases/sicknesses we could encounter in said countries. We find that the best way to do that is by doing a little research, but mostly by talking with locals about what’s going around and the best ways to avoid it., We “do our best” with taking precautions, as long as it won’t take away from our experience in that country. i.e. we won’t avoid an area of a country because there is chikungunya, but we will use a large amount of bug spray there! We won’t not eat a local food for fear of getting food poisoning, but we won’t willingly drink the tap water if it’s not potable. You get the idea. With the girls in tow we are a little more aware and do what we can to protect them; in my purse you will always find bug spray, sunscreen, and hand sanitizer (hand sanitizer, I’m not a germaphobe and agree that getting dirty is part of being a kid, but kids are also draw to some very unsanitary things, such as street animals!)
Luckily for our girls, with the amount of traveling they have done, they have not gotten too sick. They each have had their bouts of food poisoning, flus, parasites, worms, ciguatera, and Arias did get leptospirosis, but all in all, they have done well. I’d like to think that their travels have brought them more “pros” than the few “cons” they have survived.