A holiday overseas takes some planning, but planning and preparing for optimum health while travelling should be a priority. There is little worse than getting sick in a foreign country or coming home seriously ill. While being exposed to tons of germs and bacteria that your immune system may find unfamiliar, the best thing you can do is prepare your body for the dangerous diseases that reside in that particular region.
While we South Africans may not have a measles outbreak that regularly, travel vaccines can protect you from contracting certain illnesses in areas where there is an intermediate or high risk of an outbreak.
Depending on where you may be travelling to, it is wise to consult your physician with regards to the necessary health preparation as vaccinations may be needed. Travel vaccines reduce the risk of infection of serious diseases, as well as prevent the spread of these diseases to your family, friends and community around you. Diseases that are often vaccinated against in certain areas around the globe include:
- Yellow fever
- Hepatitis A
Dr Mogambery advises that these travel vaccines be done at least 4 to 6 weeks before you travel as, for some, more than one dose may be required. At the same time, it is essential that if you plan on travelling, that you have kept to date with your scheduled vaccinations and boosters. This applies to children and adults. For those with chronic health conditions, she may suggest certain medications be taken while you travel to ensure your health while on holiday and when you return.
Link for Countries requiring Yellow Fever and Malaria prophylaxis