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Take the Right Medical Precautions before Travelling During Vacation



Before a holiday or business trip, you’ll need to know that you’ve taken the right medical precautions. How best to prepare for a vacation or business jaunt really depends on where you are going; after all, different countries are hotbeds for different diseases and contagions, and injections or anti-malarial medications may be required to protect you from local health threats. These inoculations and vaccinations are often legally required (or strongly recommended) for people travelling to other nations, and they are a vital part of preparing for international travel. Luckily, doctors and pharmacists provide an array of knowledge and treatment choices that will leave you feeling more protected from regional illnesses or disease outbreaks. The first step to taking the right precautions before travelling is definitely a trip to the doctor…


Passport offices and national disease centers also offer a lot of useful information about health requirements and disease alerts for foreign countries; be sure to use these resources to get the latest news and guidelines for your destination. Once you know what you need to do, it will be possible to plan ahead and get all of your shots (if needed) out of the way before you travel. Now and then, these inoculations will cause some side effects, so it’s important to put together a realistic timeline that allows for recovery from health issues related to inoculations and vaccinations. 


Figuring out how to stay healthy while abroad takes some planning – for example, if water in a vacation area, such as Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas region, is likely to make you sick with turista (intestinal distress and usually, severe diarrhea), you must decide how to avoid drinking tap water (or eating foods prepared with tap water). Bottled water is an obvious solution, but you may need to consider the source of such a product – be certain that you are buying the real thing.


Looking on the Internet for retailers in your vacation or business trip area can be a good way to find reputable places to shop for essentials. If you plan to take your own supplies, be sure to check with your airline before you pack – you need to know what’s permitted before reaching Customs, and you also need to know what can and can’t be taken with you in your carry-on baggage.


First-aid kits are easy to put together through a bricks-and-mortar or online pharmacy – and these types of kits offer an easy way to feel protected abroad. Typically, a good first aid kit for vacation travel will include bandages, antiseptic, Tylenol, Advil, Dramamine (if seasickness may be an issue), Gravol for general nausea, Immodium (for diarrhea) and any special medicines or prescriptions for you or anyone else you are travelling with. Unless you’re roughing it, you won’t need sutures and more “serious” medical accessories and supplies. Consult with your doctor or pharmacist to come up with a list that is tailored to your particular destination and style of travel.


With a little care and forethought, you’ll have it all together by the time your holiday (or business trip) rolls around, and you’ll be able to relax, knowing you’ve done all that you can to prevent illness and infection while visiting a new place.


Disclaimer - The medical data and advice provided here is not a substitute for the advice of a medical doctor. Therefore, this website and its operators cannot take responsibility for results based on information provided here. Always see a doctor if you need professional medical advice.For serious health matters, visit a hospital emergency room or a health care clinic.