Healthcare is a consideration where ever you are in the world, whether at home or away (or, for some of us, home IS away).
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the following tips for looking after your health while abroad:
1. Learn about your destination. At a minimum you will need to know if you are required to have vaccinations before arriving in your destination, and whether there are serious health risk potentials. While some areas are prone to natural disasters, like typhoons, earthquakes, or tsunamis. Or there may be an increased risk of contracting a mosquito-born disease, such as malaria or dengue fever.
2. See a doctor at least 4-6 weeks before you are expected to travel. Whether travelling for business, fun, or because you are moving to a new location, your family doctor or a travel medicine specialist can answer your questions and make specific recommendations for you.
3. Pay attention to your health, especially if you have special health needs, like are pregnant or traveling with small children or babies, have a disability or have a weakened immune system.
4. Pack smart.
- If you take medication regularly, you should take a sufficient amount with you until you are able to get some more.
- If you are moving to a new country, either plan ahead and make an appointment to see a doctor shortly after arriving to arrange any prescription medicines you might need.
- Pack prescription medicine in your carry on bag along with a letter (on letterhead) from your doctor.
It’s also helpful to pack the following with you while traveling:
- antifungal/antibacterial and/or hydrocortisone cream
- antidiarrheal medication
- mild laxative
Plan ahead, travel safe and be well.
13 December 2012