Tips to Take care of your Travel Health Concerns
Traveling with a health condition and worried about unwarranted situations that may come your way? These valuable tips go a long way in making your trip safe and secure and also alleviate the worries connected with falling sick on unknown soils, Take a quick look at some of the major do’s and don’ts that are likely to make your vacation less cumbersome -as far as your health stresses are concerned.
If you are taking prescription drugs regularly, then you should pack your medicines in their original form or in clearly labeled containers. Remember to carry a signed and dated note from your physician-this should appropriately describe your medical conditions and/ or medications-including the generic names of the medicines (this is very important). If you have to carry syringes or needles, ensure that you keep your physician’s letter that documents their medical necessity. Also, if you happen to suffer from a heart condition, then it is well advised to get along a copy of your ECG; taken prior and close to your date of travel.(image by Emily Grace)
If you are taking regular medications, then it is best to carry a second set of the same (tucked away in a different place), to take care of any lost luggage or theft. It may be difficult to buy medications over the counter in most countries if you are without a doctor’s prescription; so act likewise.
Regardless of your health and fitness levels, you need a health insurance – as accidents do happen. If you have any existing medical conditions, then do declare the same to your chosen insurance company. They check for the nature and duration problem and cover you for all appropriate ailments that are declared prior to departure. You may require extra coverage for adventure activities such as scuba diving or rock climbing. If your existing health insurance fails to cover you for medical expenses on foreign soils, then consider getting an extra insurance. If you are uninsured then emergency evacuations may prove to be expensive– bills that range over US$100, 000 are not uncommon.
Specialized travel-medicine centers prove to be your best source of information and they stock all important and available vaccines too. The experts connected with these clinics are able to provide specific recommendations and medical references for you and your trip. It is best to share all the details regarding the length of your trip, past vaccination history, activities that you plan to undertake and all underlying medical conditions, if any.(image by Sanofi Pasteur)
As most vaccines fail to provide immunity for at least two weeks after they have been administered, it is good to visit a health expert 4-8 weeks before departure. You may also like to request your doctor/ counselor for an International Certificate of Vaccination or ‘yellow booklet’. This document effectively lists out all the vaccinations that you’ve received. In most scenarios, the recommended vaccinations include those taken for alleviating the symptoms of Hepatitis A/ B, Polio, Typhoid, Varicella, Japanese B Encephalitis, Meningitis–Single injection, Rabies–Three injections, Tuberculosis (TB) and so forth.
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