Travelling has never been more popular – and no, it’s not because we’re suddenly richer. It just so happens that many new destinations are being added to cruise itineraries or flights that are themselves more affordable. To ensure you have covered all the bases when visiting a new place, it would help if you better organised your travel needs by creating a checklist in the planning stages. You might just want to put getting travel vaccinations on the top of your list. In this post, we’ll discuss five reasons why you should do this.
Why You Should Get Vaccinated
Travelling internationally, especially to rural areas and developing countries, can pose more health risks without the proper precautions. That’s why when planning your travel, you need to consider the place you want to go, your activities while you’re there, the state of your health, and your vaccination history. It’s recommended that you consult a travel doctor at least a month before your trip. They can provide a summary of travel guidelines including vaccinations, medications and lots of useful information. Here’s the five reasons you should get vaccinated.
- You want to avoid falling ill with a vaccine-preventable illness. Hepatitis A & B, measles, chickenpox, and influenza vaccines – have all been shown to be effective and help prevent what could be a serious infection.
- You want to update your vaccines. When was the last time you checked if your vaccinations were still current? Be sure to update them before your flight. Some vaccines need boosting.
- You want to be well on your trip, and when you return home. Vaccines are designed to help prevent contracting serious diseases. Check your vaccine records and speak with your travel doctor.
- You want to travel smart. Whether it’s vaccinations for Mexico, Bali, India – any country really- they’re important. Reading online forums doesn’t necessarily give you the true picture – there are many variables like season of travel, where you’re staying and how long. Contracting a preventable disease when travelling can be devastating – especially because you can do something to avoid it.
- You want to follow proper travel protocols. When booking any trip, vaccinations may well be recommended. This is to avoid you getting sick and the possibility of you passing on dangerous illnesses to others.
Other Tips When Travelling
When planning travel to a new location, find out the location of your nearest travel clinic. Of course, getting vaccinations is just the first step towards ensuring your overall health when travelling. There are other things you can do to stay healthy while in a different country or city. First, you need to be careful of what you’re eating and drinking. Your body may not be able to quickly adapt to certain types of foods and drinks, causing an upset stomach. Always take an effective insect repellent with you to prevent bug bites, such as mosquito bites which can lead to illnesses such as dengue fever, Zika virus and malaria. It’s also safer not to touch animals in other countries – big or small. Rabies is present in most countries and while you can be vaccinated against it before travel, a bite or other exposure is sure to ruin your trip.
Pack travel medications. Items like rehydration sachets and diarrhoea treatments are always useful, but also make sure you wash your hands with soap and water; if these aren’t available, use alcohol-based hand sanitiser. Travel light and take only necessary items. Sometimes, you don’t need that extra shirt or pair of shoes. Save your luggage space for something more essential like a health/first aid kit or insect repellent.
By taking the proper precautions and staying healthy you can make your trip more fun and meaningful. We hope we were able to provide you with some vital travel information. Learn more about travel vaccinations by checking out our pages. You could also share this information with a friend.
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