Here are the top 10 ‘high-risk’ travel destinations for the 2018-19 flu season

With summer around the corner, Americans are thinking about heading overseas for their trips this year. Whether for the Fourth of July, the Kentucky Derby or the football Super Bowl, millions flock overseas each year. Although the average American last year paid $2,238 for their four-day getaway abroad, Americans were most frequently flying into London, Paris, and Prague, according to the Cruise Lines International Association.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a list this month of 17 countries that it believes will be the “challenge” countries for the upcoming 2018-19 influenza season. Leading the list is Germany, followed by the United Kingdom, France, Canada, Ireland, Russia, and the United States of America. After the EU (especially Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Cyprus), Mexico, Turkey, Israel, Italy, Colombia, Portugal, and Panama round out the top 10 “high-risk” travel destinations.

The CDC lists 15 other countries as “very high risk” for the upcoming season. Of those countries, many will be popular destinations for Washingtonians looking to try their luck abroad for the July 4 holiday: Turkey, Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, Jordan, Egypt, Pakistan, Tunisia, Nigeria, Morocco, Kosovo, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

How can you protect yourself from the deadly virus, and what should you be expecting before you go? Read on for more.

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