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Travel Health Advice

Posted on Mar 21, 2015

The best way to avoid any type of health problem is to plan everything in advance.
If you are planning to travel in another country, especially in an exotic country, you should talk to your doctor at least 6 weeks before you leave – so you have time to make the necessary immunizations (vaccinations), to get all the medication required and make your health insurance. Depending on where you want to go, your doctor may make some recommendations for areas that may pose health risks and may provide you with a good travel health advice. Nevertheless, you can also find good medical advice online.
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Immunization advice

If you want to stay healthy, an important travel health advice is to resort to immunization methods. Vaccination is especially recommended for those who plan to travel to a tropical country. These vaccines can be administered in hospitals or in specialized hospitals.

Tips:

  • The vaccination should be made preferably 6-8 weeks before you travel and at least 4 weeks prior to travel;
  • You need to be vaccinated especially if you have planned a trip to the countryside or in places where you have direct contact with nature;
  • In accordance with the international standards, vaccination against yellow fever is mandatory.
  • You should get informed about the immunization methods and find out which are the recommended vaccinations before travelling to another country.

Precautions

When it comes to visiting foreign countries, it is advisable to seek medical advice online, because there are a lot of situations that you can’t foresee, but which other travelers might have experienced. Try to find as much useful information as possible about the country you intend to visit and to read the reviews from other tourists online. Thus, you can find out if the water is potable in all regions, if there is any risk of infection or diseases, etc.

If you want to prevent any health risk that may occur, start with the first travel health advice:

  • Find out if it is safe to swim in the sea / ocean, to stay in various hotels or if there is risk of suffering from excessive heat.
  • Drink only bottled water and sodas. Remember: some exotic countries have no drinking water supply. It’s not advisable to wash your face or brush your teeth with tap water (it can not be completely disinfected and chlorinated).
  • Avoid eating raw fruits and vegetables, improperly cooked meat and seafood .
  • Another important travel health advice is to wash the fruits  with bottled water and to peel them.
  • Use insect repellents (especially mosquitoes repellents) for malaria in endemic countries.
  • Stay in the hotel room during hot periods of the day.
  • When you go out, it’s advisable to use a sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (to prevent sunburn).
  • Wear hats and sunglasses or umbrella on sunny days – to avoid being exposed to UV radiation.
  • If you have asthma, respiratory problems or allergies, avoid highly polluted cities.
  • Wherever you are, experts insist to protect yourself from STDs(sexually transmitted diseases) and to use a condom every time you have sex. A very common cause of developing infections is due to unprotected sex.
  • If you want to drive to the other countries we advise you to familiarize yourself beforehand with the traffic rules and laws of that country.