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Before You Go

Recommended Vaccinations

There are no vaccine requirements for visitors to the United States.

Health Insurance

Taking out a travel-insurance policy to cover medical problems and other issues is a good idea in the USA, where some privately run hospitals refuse care without evidence of insurance and costs can be far higher than in most developed nations. These policies are offered by travel agencies, your airline and others. Different policies cover different circumstances, so always check the fine print, especially if you're planning on undertaking any risky outdoor activities.

Worldwide travel insurance is available at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings. You can buy, extend and claim online anytime – even if you’re already on the road.

In Texas

Availability & Cost of Health Care

Health care is of a high standard here, and Houston's hospitals especially have become a medical-tourism destination for those that can afford it. However, health-care costs in Texas (and the rest of the United States) are astronomical compared to those of most developed countries. Even those with insurance will sometimes find the price tag unbearable.

Tap Water

Tap water in Texas is generally safe to drink.