February 26, 2020

Rolling updates on Coronavirus disease

October 2019 (Original Post)

Things to worry about when you’re packing for a trip:

✓ Do NOT forget passport!
✓ Did I alert the bank, phone carrier, etc.?
✓ Did I pack sunscreen and the right bathing suit?
✓ Where is my phone charger?
✓ I have to remember to confirm my flights

  What if I get Malaria or Yellow Fever while I’m abroad?  NOPE.  Stop right there.

Let’s make sure you never worry about getting sick abroad or bringing an infectious disease back into your country.

According to Medicine.net, Emporiatrics (aka Travel Medicine) is a branch of medicine that specializes in diseases and conditions that are acquired during travel.  Physicians who specialize in travel medicine, aka “travel doctors,” are widely accessible.  Depending on what part of the world you’re traveling to and for how long, you should take precautions before your trip.  The CDC recommends seeing a doctor at least 4-6 weeks before your trip.  The doctor will recommend medications and vaccines you’ll need to take based on your destination(s) and a few key factors.

The World Health Organization outlines key factors in determining risks a traveler may be exposed to:

A Visit to the Doctor...

In addition to this information, you can read more about International travel and health on the WHO website.

Prior to visiting the travel doctor, think through these factors and be prepared to discuss them during your visit.  For example, I am traveling to Rwanda, for five weeks, climbing mountains with very high altitudes, and clean water may or may not be available throughout the trip. Work with your doctor and provide as much information as possible. The doctor needs this information to make the correct recommendations.

Preparation is Key

Once the doctor has prescribed medications and suggested shots, get to it. You’ll feel safer traveling abroad.

Key Takeaways

✓ Plan prior to departure

✓ Follow the suggestions of the travel doctor

✓ Take precautions during your trip

✓ Proactively take any medication your doctor prescribed (e.g. malaria drug)

✓ Report any illness before returning to assure that you’re not carrying any infectious diseases into the country

These precautions are for you and those around you. Be a responsible and safe traveler.

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