Health Advice For Travellers
- Educate yourself about health risks in the country you are visiting.
What are common diseases? What insects are there and what would happen if you were bitten? How can you protect yourself from insect bites?
The Travel Clinic can suggest educational material that will help you prepare for your trip and your destination.
- Immunize yourself to those diseases found in that country.
Your travel medicine doctor should advise you accordingly. The Travel Clinic experts have the latest information and computerized health advisories to inform our patients of all the current diseases and outbreaks in various parts of the world in our travel clinic you can
- Get the recommended and required immunizations for risks in areas you'll be visiting
- Get an international certificate of vaccination (required for regions with yellow fever)
- Purify all water, including ice cubes
- Either peel or cook all food
- Get adequate fluids and rest, and avoid overexertion
- Protect yourself from insects
- Use sunscreen – SPF 15 or greater (UVA & UVB)
- Don't go barefoot; proper footwear can protect you from injuries, cuts, snake bites, insects, parasites, and fungal infections
- Beware of swimming in fresh water in parts of the world where schisto-somiasis (a parasitic disease) occurs
- If indicated, be sure to take your malaria medication
- Avoid sexually transmitted infections
- Avoid tattooing and body piercing
- Do not receive blood transfusions of blood products in third world countries unless it cannot be avoided
- If you plan to stay in a country longer than one month, register with the U.S. Embassy
- Protect yourself from the leading cause of injuries among travelers: motor vehicle accidents
- When traveling with medications, make sure they are clearly labeled and in their original containers
- Keep all your medications in a safe place, and preferably with you at all times
- Check your health insurance to see if it covers medical evacuation (Cardinal Care does)
- Protect your passport, credit cards and money (hide it securely on your self)
- Give your family or friends a copy of your itinerary, and a copy of your passport number
- If your travels will take you to remote places, visit your dentist before leaving