Travel health is about prevention and common sense.
Let's talk about 3 things:
The other day I spoke with Nadine who is a nurse at the International Travel Centre Over on Ludlow Street. She says to make sure your routine immunizations are up to date.
These include tetanus, diphtheria and for some measles. Let's not forget about the
measles outbreak in Disneyland earlier this year. Some immunizations require a booster dose, for example tetanus should be updated every 10 years.
Then depending on your destination, you may need travel-related vaccinations. The most common one is Hepatitis A and B. If you are travelling once or twice a year to Mexico, Cuba and Dominican it is a good idea to get this. You may have heard it called Twin rx. It consists of 3 doses. 1st dose, followed by 2nd dose 1 month later and then the 3rd dose six months after
Like the passport office, the International Travel Centre gets busy at this time of year. So not a bad idea to get a hold of Nadine and her team for a consultation.
#2: prepare your own first aid kit for dealing with common issues like headaches, allergies, blisters and travellers diarrhea.
It is not always easy to find the common medication that you use here at home. A personal example is Benadryl. Couldn't find this in Mexico anywhere. I bought some similar that the pharmacist recommended .. But there is that comfort level when we are familiar with the product.
In my First Aid kit I always have Peppermint Oil for headaches, motion sickness, nausea and Diarrhea. I also have Tiger Balm for headaches, sore muscles and those nasty mosquito bites. I never leave home without Grapefruit Seed Extract (comes in tablets or liquids). I find this helps with any little bugs you might have picked up from foods or drinks. And of Course - common sense items such as Hand Sanitizer, Bug Repellent and Sunscreen.
#3 Never leave home without out of country medical insurance and if you have it. Use it. If you get sick in destination with a tummy bug of some kind go to the Doctor there. They know their bugs and they have treatments for those bugs.