At The infectious Diseases Expert group of NW Florida, we endeavor to provide the best pre-travel and post-travel care for our patients. Our expert doctors and nurses are adept at recommending vaccines that correlate with various destinations, as well as keeping travelers informed on their destinations. When you’re on vacation, you only have a certain amount of days to enjoy your trip and there isn’t much worse than spending them feeling sick in a hotel room.
What can I do if I get sick on vacation?
If you’re traveling locally, a trip to a local doctor or urgent care center or even an emergency room are options. A call to your health insurance company on their 800 number, may be a good place to start, so be sure to take your health insurance cards along with you. Be sure to keep all of your paperwork, because you will need to submit itemized bills for reimbursement to your health insurance provider and your prescription drug provider.
Always take along the basics when you travel, such as medicine for headaches, coughs, colds, stomach disorders, etc. This way, you’re prepared for minor illnesses.
When planning vacations or business trips, remember that certain countries outside the United States, such as Central or South America, Africa, The Middle East or Asia, require vaccinations and other preventive medications. Preparing for good health on your international trip is just as important as obtaining your passport and your airline ticket.
How can I stay healthy on my trip?
The best way to stay healthy on your trip is to start healthy. Visit your physician 6 to 8 weeks in advance, prior to traveling outside of the country, to ensure you have received the proper immunizations for the area to which you are traveling.
In the United States, vaccines are continually monitored to ensure safety and effectiveness. A decision not to immunize, involves risk of contracting preventable diseases than can be deadly or dangerous to your and others. Vaccinations, like any medication, may cause side effects. The most common side effect is soreness from the injection.
In addition, be sure to take your regular medication, avoid insect and animal bites, prevent sunburn and be aware of the food you are eating and the water you are drinking.