Illness Blog Posts

How to Survive Getting Sick at Sea

How to Survive Getting Sick at Sea

Posted by Bekah Wright on July 20, 2016 in Travel

Dear Tokio Marine HCC - MIS Group: A while back, I went on my first cruise. It was a lovely experience except… I got sick. Not seasick, mind you, but flu sick. I stuck it out for a day before realizing some type of medication might be in order. A visit to the ship's doctor fixed me right up. What caught me by surprise, though, was the hefty bill I received.... Read More ...

Does Caffeine Endanger Your Health?

Does Caffeine Endanger Your Health?

Posted by Emmet Pierce on May 20, 2016 in Personal Wellness

From coffee shops to supermarket shelves and vending machines, caffeinated drinks are everywhere. For millions of people, a cup of coffee is the first nourishment they receive each day. Drinking coffee can make a person feel more alert or better able to concentrate, and athletes often look to caffeine to give them a burst of energy and perhaps even a competitive edge. According to a report by Brown University, caffeine is consumed by up to 90 percent of the world's population, mainly through drinks.... Read More ...

Prepping for the Third World

Prepping for the Third World

Posted by Bekah Wright on May 6, 2016 in Travel

Planning a trip outside the United States? Along with scouting online for transportation, accommodations, and sightseeing suggestions, travelers should allot time on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) website. Easily navigable, the site's drop-down menus feature vaccination requirements for both types of travelers (i.e. students, missionaries, families traveling with children) and worldwide destinations. Additionally, alerts provide up-to-date reports of countries with outbreaks of diseases, like Zika virus.... Read More ...

Drinking Alcohol: How Much is Too Much?

Drinking Alcohol: How Much is Too Much?

Posted by Emmet Pierce on February 12, 2016 in Personal Wellness

Enjoying a glass of wine, beer, or distilled liquor can be harmless for adults who monitor their intake, but drinking in excess can lead to a variety of physical and mental health problems. Because alcohol is a drug, it's important to moderate your consumption so you don't develop a dependency that leads to illness. If you become dependent on alcohol to relax or cope with daily stress, drinking less can become difficult.... Read More ...

How to Avoid the Flu This Season

How to Avoid the Flu This Season

Posted by Cheryl Alkon on January 29, 2016 in Personal Wellness

While January is a time for new beginnings, it's also right in the middle of flu season, which peaks from December to February. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu vaccines are usually first available in October, and flu season can continue right through the warmer months in May. If you haven't already gotten a flu shot, but you would like to, it's not too late. You can typically get one at your doctor's office, your local health department, urgent care clinics, and possibly at your school, college, or workplace.... Read More ...

Everything You Need to Know About Zika Virus

Everything You Need to Know About Zika Virus

Posted by Brianna Weidman on January 19, 2016 in Travel

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a Level 2 (practice enhanced precautions) travel advisory following an alarming number of reports in Brazil of microcephaly and other severe birth defects in babies born to mothers infected with Zika virus while pregnant.... Read More ...

How Does the Ebola Outbreak Affect Travel to Africa?

How Does the Ebola Outbreak Affect Travel to Africa?

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on April 27, 2015 in Travel

The largest and longest outbreak of the Ebola virus in history, which is ongoing, has the disease in the news and has people worldwide worried about the spread of the disease. While it may not be too much of a concern outside Africa at the present time, it is a grave worry there—especially in the continent’s western region. For international travelers,... Read More ...

H1N1 Is Still Hitting College Campuses - Are You Covered?

H1N1 Is Still Hitting College Campuses - Are You Covered?

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on April 23, 2015 in Study Abroad

With an increasing number of H1N1 cases on college campuses around the world, health insurance for international students is becoming even more beneficial. Many colleges and universities require medical coverage in order for international students to enroll and study in programs abroad. Even though many schools sponsor and distribute their own H1NI medical plans, students still have the option to purchase a third-party plan as long as that plan meets the school’s minimum benefit requirements.... Read More ...

Ebola Outbreak 2014: Facts and Misconceptions

Ebola Outbreak 2014: Facts and Misconceptions

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on August 20, 2014 in Insurance

With the Ebola virus outbreak currently raging in Africa, the disease has been in the news a lot lately. Ebola is a severe illness found in humans and other primates, which has primarily appeared in rain forest areas in West Africa, where the current outbreak is located, and in Central Africa. There is no licensed specific treatment or vaccine for humans or animals. Drug therapies exist, but supportive care... Read More ...

Trip Accidents: Asia Paradise or Peril Infographic

Trip Accidents: Asia Paradise or Peril Infographic

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on July 24, 2014 in Travel

Does your dream trip to Asia include a seven-day hike in the Himalaya Range or a stroll along the Great Wall of China? If your vacation is an adventure or a leisurely journey through paradise, this part of the world can be the perfect place for a vacation. The latest travel hotspots for adventure seekers and loafers are China, Mongolia, Nepal, Japan and the United Arab Emirates. Just be careful, because you never know when mishaps or trip accidents could translate into major medical costs overseas. When you pack your bags, make sure you research international health insurance products such as Atlas Travel® Insurance.... Read More ...

Why Travel Medical Insurance?

Why Travel Medical Insurance?

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on April 9, 2014 in Insurance

Travel medical insurance probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind as you prepare for an overseas trip. With all the logistics involved in scheduling vacation days at work, planning your itinerary, packing your suitcase, and getting transportation to the airport, travel medical coverage can become an afterthought. But neglecting to think about travel... Read More ...

International Travel Accidents Infographic

International Travel Accidents Infographic

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on August 15, 2012 in Travel

If you’re planning an international trip, be aware of various potential hazards that exist in some of the top destinations around the world. Whether it’s a case of food poisoning, sports adventure accidents, or any other accident or medical-related emergency, it’s better to be cautious.... Read More ...