Whether you’re planning to soak up the sun in Mexico, or do business in China or even go on safari in Southern Africa, any travel outside of the country carries some health risks.

Experts say the best way to protect yourself is to visit an international travel health clinic. Studies show that taking the precaution of visiting a travel health clinic makes you at least seven times less likely to get sick when abroad.

At a travel health clinic, a doctor will review your travel destinations and planned activities, then offer advice, vaccines and medication as needed — all tailored of course to your travel plans.

People need to know the risks associated with places they plan to visit. Travel clinics offer a full array of protective advice and preventive medications.

For the best advice, just be sure the clinic you visit is recognized by the International Society of Travel Medicine.

History and Culture

There is evidence of humans being in this area dating back to over 10,000 years ago. By the time the first European explorers came into this region, there were several different tribes that inhabited the area. The Blackfeet Indians controlled the vast prairies east of the mountains, while the Salish and Kootenai Indians lived in the western valleys, traveling over the mountains in search of game and to hunt the great herds of buffalo on the eastern plains.

The majority of early European explorers came to this area in search of beaver and other pelts. They were soon followed by miners and, eventually, settlers looking for land. By 1891, the completion of the Great Northern Railway sealed the area’s fate, allowing a greater number of people to enter into the heart of northwest Montana. Homesteaders settled in the valleys west of Marias Pass and soon after that small towns slowly started to develop.

Around the turn of the century, people started to look at the land differently. For some - The Glacier National area held more than minerals to mine or land to farm…they began to recognize that the area had a very unique scenic beauty all to its own.

By the late 1800s, influential leaders like George Bird Grinnell, pushed for the creation of a national park. In 1910, Grinnell and others saw their efforts rewarded when President Taft signed the bill establishing Glacier as the country's 10th national park.