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  Marjorie Comer   July 13, 2016   Health, Travel, Vaccines, Diarrhea 0 Comments

Should I see a doctor before traveling?

Enjoy a vacation without medical complications

Enjoy your vacation without medical complications. Planning for a trip can be fun as you research the sites you want to visit and activities you want to enjoy. With all the excitement of a pending trip, some things often get overlooked – like your health.

Before leaving the country, plan a visit to see your doctor. You don’t want to arrive at your destination only to spend a majority of the time in bed, nor do you want to return home only to find you contracted a disease.

See a doctor before you travel to:

  • Ensure you are up to date with your vaccinations.
  • Check any recommended vaccinations for the place you are visiting.
  • Receive vaccinations prior to leaving. The government requires some vaccines depending on the area you are visiting.
  • Obtain any prescriptions you may need during the length of your trip.
  • Be sure you are insured for a pre-existing medical condition. If you need medical care during your trip for a pre-existing medical condition, it can be covered under a travel insurance plan you purchase.

To allow plenty of time to get the needed vaccinations and prescriptions, visit a doctor or urgent care center four to six weeks before your trip.

Health impact

Each country has its own health hazards that could affect you while traveling. Several factors impact your health while traveling including: 

  • Your age.
  • Your current health.
  • Your past medical history.
  • The length of your trip.
  • The time of year you are traveling.
  • The activities you have planned.

You should keep an emergency contact form with you while traveling that includes what medications you are allergic to. If you bring medications with you, be sure to keep them in their original bottles in case TSA or other securities need to inspect them.

Don’t be a traveler who suffers from diarrhea or other medical issue while vacationing. Before your trip, visit a walk-in clinic to ensure you are prepared so you can enjoy your vacation to the fullest.

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