Staying in good health while travelling can help ensure that your trip will be a happy and enjoyable one. Here’s a list of things to do before departure:
1) Gather information on your travel destinations and possible activities. Educate yourself on prevalent local diseases.
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2) Make sure to get your flu shot at least 2 weeks before travel because it takes 2 weeks for vaccine immunity to develop after the vaccination.
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3) Bring medicines from home that you are familiar with and comfortable taking.
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Carry them in their clearly labeled, original containers. Check to see if you need to re-fill those bottles. If you’re carrying a travel medical kit with you, include the following:
i) Zinc throat lozenges: zinc stimulates the immune system
ii) Vitamin C: ideal for prevention.
Travellers should consider taking this daily during flu season travel.
4) Provide the following information for your healthcare provider to assess your health risks
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i) Travel destination(s) including stopovers
ii) Duration and season of the travel
iii) Purpose of travel
iv) Standard of accomodation
v) Activities planned
vi) Current health status and medical history
vii) Vaccination history
5) Carry a letter from your healthcare provider that includes a list of all pre-existing medical conditions and your prescriptions, including their generic names. Add the details of your emergency contact to the list.
However, by using Teleme to consult your doctor, you don’t have to carry letters anymore and you can view your letter from your doctor, prescriptions and medical conditions all accessible from Teleme’s app as long as you’re connected to the internet!
6) Consider bringing your own blanket or pillow.
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The blanket and pillow offered by airlines may be contaminated from the traveller using it before you. Stay on the safe side and bring your own travel pillow and blanket, especially if you’re taking a long flight. A blanket or wrap to keep you warm will be helpful if you’ve been exposed and are coming down with the flu.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Yellow Book. Health Information for International Travel 2014, Travel Insurance Review: 8 Steps to Prepare for Flu Season Travel, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Influenza (Flu). Influenza Prevention: Information for Travelers
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