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Be Safe on Your Trip
You worry about lost luggage, seeing all the sights and even your personal safety – but what about your health when you go abroad? Before you get on that plane or on that ship, stop by our primary care office for advice on immunization and staying healthy when you’re far away from home.
One-third of travelers get sick on their trip. The most common ailment is known as “traveler’s diarrhea.” In most cases, it is caused by consuming food and drink containing common organisms that locals’ systems are immune to – unlike yours. Your doctor can recommend anti-diarrhea medicine for each member of your family as well as an antibiotic that’s right for the bacteria you might be exposed to in a specific region.
Different Countries, Different Risks
Each part of the world carries its own health risks, which are tracked by scientists called epidemiologists. These risks are greater in less-developed parts of the world. Some common diseases include:
- Meningococcal meningitis – parts of sub-Saharan Africa
- Malaria – parts of Africa, Central and South America, South Asia, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Oceana
- Tuberculosis – sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia
- Typhoid – Indian subcontinent, Africa, the Caribbean, developing countries in Asia and Central and South America.
- Yellow fever – Tropical and sub-tropical South America and Africa
- Zika – Central and South America, sub-Saharan Africa, Indian, the Caribbean, some Pacific islands
What Vaccinations Do You Need?
Depending on what part of the world you visit, our physicians have the most up-to-date information on the risks posed in different parts of the world. If you don’t have up-to-date measles, tetanus and flu shots, travel to developing countries may increase your risk.
What Else Should You Pack?
In addition to medication for diarrhea, it’s a good idea to put together a first aid kit containing antacids, bandages and antibacterial ointment, an NSAID pain reliever and, if needed, condoms. You are, however, likely to find these items in the majority of countries.
Our primary care physicians are happy to see you before your trip – even at the last minute. Make an appointment to stop in and travel with confidence.