Healthy Traveling

Whether you are planning a trip for a honeymoon, for a business venture, or simply a family vacation, there is a lot that goes into preparing for a healthy trip. With recent health scares such as H1N1, sars, and the bird flu, it is extremely important to be extra cautious when traveling and ensure that you have prepared yourself before and during the trip. Before you book the trip, make sure that you have done your research and know where the destination rank on the scale of the healthiest or unhealthiest places to go and decide if it is worth the risk. Whichever place you decide to travel to, you will need to make sure that you are up to do with the recommended vaccinations.

Healthiest and Most Unhealthy Places to Go

When traveling to developing countries, chances are that they are going to be the riskiest destination choice in terms of health. You come in contact with bacteria that your body is not used to whether it is from food or other objects that you come in contact with. The healthiest places to go are areas that are more developed than the rest; examples include Japan, Norway, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. The unhealthiest places to go are going to be countries that are undeveloped which include Peru, the Philippines, Morocco, Bulgaria, Afghanistan and Albania.

Get Yourself Vaccinated

Getting yourself vaccinated is a vital part of healthy traveling. In order to find out which vaccines you need to obtain, contact your local travel clinic or visit the CDC’s website to find their comprehensive list of recommended vaccines for each country. Ideally, you should set the vaccination appointment four to six weeks before your trip. In addition to the recommended vaccinations, there is one required vaccination by International Health Regulations which is the yellow fever vaccination. Although this is the only required vaccination, it is strongly advised that you obtain the recommended vaccinations for your particular destination.

Travel-Related Diseases

Travel-related diseases are simply defined as diseases that can affect you while traveling. There are a number of bacteria and diseases that you will come in contact with and a lot of the resistance will have to do with vaccinations and the proper preparation and prevention measures you take while you are on the trip. Some of these travel related diseases include African sleeping sickness, which you can catch from a fly’s bite. Other travel-related diseases include malaria, lyme disease, cholera, amebiasis, scabies, and typhoid fever. The most common types of conditions that you will come in contact with include diarrhea, dengue fever, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and yellow fever.

How to be Prepared

Preparation for a healthy traveling experience is crucial in order to have the best time possible. In order to be prepared, you must learn about your destination, visit a doctor before your visit and consider whether or not you are too sick to travel or if you have special health needs. Plan ahead in the event that you do get sick while on your trip or that you get injured; pack any medication that you may need and know where the local health facilities are at your destination. While you are on your trip you should pay attention to how your body feels. Be cautious about the food and drinks that you consume, use insect repellent as suggested and make sure that you get a check up from your doctor when you return home.


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