We all go on holiday to relax, escape, unwind and get away from it all. The last thing any of us want is to become ill. Unfortunately, some areas of the world have much lower standards of sanitation and hygiene than others and all have their own ecosystems of micro-organisms such as bacteria and insects that you may or may not be immune to. Additionally, access to healthcare facilities may be extremely limited. This is not a reason to avoid exploring new places (unless official advice dictates otherwise!). It just means that you need to be organised well in advance of travel.
Here are a few tips:
Be prepared well in advance
It goes without saying that its wise to be pre-prepared before embarking on any new vacation. Depending upon where you are travelling to, vaccines may be required. These need to be administered before you go in plenty of time to have an effect. Certain countries will require travelers to show evidence of vaccination before entering.
Pharmavaccs offers a clinical service specifically for this purpose with tailored vaccination packages for the most popular holiday destinations including Cambodia and Thailand. The most common vaccines are for Diptheria, Tetanus and Polio, Hepatitis A and Typhoid.
Typhoid is an infection that can be found in countries across South Asia including, India, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan. Typhoid fever is a very serious and life-threatening infection that can have fatal consequences if justify untreated
Diptheria, Tetanus and Polio
A Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio vaccination is required for countries with limited access to medical facilities and countries of high risk. This includes parts of Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
As for most illnesses, this is most widespread in parts of the world where standards of sanitation and food hygiene are poor such as Africa, the Indian subcontinent, the Far East, Middle East and Central and South America.
Have a health check
It is also worth checking that you are immunised against more common conditions such chicken pox and STIs if you consider this necessary.
Do your research
Wherever, you are going, it is worth finding out if there are any disease outbreaks that you need to be mindful of and what the precautionary steps are. Depending upon where you are going, more than one vaccine may be required.
If you’re short on time, don’t despair-Pharmavaccs are on hand to help. Their clinics are located all around the country and they offer a same day service – timings are flexible to fit around your routine. You can book in online and prices are competitive so you don’t need to worry about an unwanted cost burden before you go.
Look after yourself
Follow the basic hygiene rules when you get there to protect yourself and be smart. Take medication if needed and water sterilising tablets with you and if something looks dodgy, don’t eat it.
Provided you do all these things, there’s no reason why you can’t have an amazing holiday!