Consult your doctor
Your doctor will answer all your questions and concerns.
This visit will allow you to:
- Update your vaccinations by responding to the following questions: which vaccinations are recommended, obligatory, unnecessary or indispensable. Think about getting your shots early because in certain cases it’s necessary to have multiple injections spaced several weeks apart.
- Learn about the health risks relative to the trip you are planning.
- Adapt your usual medical treatment or renew your personal treatment by adjusting the dosage. Add to or remove certain medication from your treatment and/or medical kit.
- Get advice about whether or not your usual treatment is compatible with the medication you might have to take throughout your travels, such as Malaria pills.
- If you have a particular illness or medical condition and should avoid certain situations like extreme cold, heat, humidity, high altitudes, or are at risk of Malaria or other infectious diseases, get advice about delaying, changing or even cancelling your trip; when in doubt get a pregnancy check before leaving, or inquire about the risks or acceptable risks (i.e.: minimum) relative to your travel destinations and your particular state of health. These risks mostly concern people who wear biomechanical or electromechanical.
- Put together a first aid prevention kit for treating certain illnesses such as asthma, serious allergies and diabetes.
In case of a chronic illness or complicated previous medical history, ask your doctor to write a medical report, preferably in English, that summarises your situation (background, description of your illness, past cases, results of recent tests, etc.) and mentions your usual treatment.
Never deviate from your usual treatment, not even in the airplane.
Visit to your pharmacist and dentist
Don’t hesitate to speak with your pharmacist about your travel plans when you purchase your prescribed medication. He’ll recommend useful products, such as mosquito repellent, sun care creams that are right for your skin type and your destination, etc. He will also warn you about possible side effects of the medication or it incompatibilities.
We also strongly recommend that you make an appointment with your dentist before you leave, particularly if you are going to a remote region with very few medical structures. Ideally, any kind of orthodontist work should be completed several weeks before departure.
The healthcare professionals who accompany you day-to-day are the best people to talk to before leaving on holiday. Whenever possible, plan your appointments with them well in advance and don’t hesitate to speak with them about all aspects of your trip.
Why get vaccinated?
Each vaccine protects your organism from a specific illness, resulting from contamination by a germ (bacteria or virus). Getting vaccinated is a way to protect you and to protect others from possible contamination.
The vaccination has a triple purpose:
- it protects individuals against serious, disabling and sometimes fatal illnesses
- it preserves collective health (by avoiding contagion at the origin of all epidemics)
- it helps to eradicate illnesses (ex: smallpox).
You can get most vaccinations from your local doctor.
There are three exceptions to this rule: Yellow Fever, Japanese Encephalitis and Cholera. These vaccines can only be administered in accredited vaccination centres.