Travel and Health

Travel and Health

A trip can turn into a nightmare instead of a pleasure due to some small incidents that can become very annoying and even of some seriousness (vaccines). It pays to be proactive. We collect some tips.

Vaccinations and other precautions. If you are going to travel to certain countries with risks, you have to plan well in advance, since there are certain vaccines that take time to build immunity. You have to be clear about the risks of the specific area you are going to (Sao Paulo in Brazil is not the same as its Amazon rainforest).

Among these risks, precautions must be taken against yellow fever and typhoid, hepatitis A and B, malaria, etc. In Spain, Foreign Health (under the Ministry of Health) reports on the subject, the WHO page on international vaccination is also very useful. You have to be clear about whether you need vaccinations and the deadlines.

Water. The consumption of tap water in some countries causes serious health problems for travelers. It is advisable to take precautions, be careful with the cubes, they are even tooth washing! It should also be noted that although boiled water is better, it does not always eliminate problems. See also Montezuma's Revenge (Travel to Mexico)

Altitude sickness The people of these places where altitude plays a trick on travelers (a very popular case is that of Mexico City) recommend following the three "C's" Eat a little, Walk slowly and go to bed alone. It is advisable not to drink alcohol, breathe deeply and relax. Avoid any activity that requires a higher demand for blood and oxygen.

European health card. If you are traveling to a country in the European Union, do not forget to European Health Card which replaces the old E1-11 form. It can be obtained at any Social Security office upon presentation of your Social Security Card.

Medical check. If you have any doubts about your state of health, it is highly advisable to visit your doctor before going on a trip, he will advise you on the convenience of doing a check-up if the subject makes it advisable.

A travel kit Painkillers.

  • Paracetamol, Acetylsalicylic acid ...
  • Antistamine for allergies, bites.
  • Insect repellent (especially in rural areas, countryside, etc.)
  • Cure materials: tape, gauze, plasters, antiseptic type betadine, crystalline ...
  • Anti-inflammatory cream for sprains, muscle aches, etc.
  • Some anti-diarrhea, Tanagel ..
  • Protective sun creams.
  • Specific personal medication prescribed by the doctor from ormeprazole, ziloric, etc. (Many times it is not easy to find it in the destination countries).

The country of destination or the characteristics of the area will determine a travel kit with other components. Consult your doctor. Keep the kit out of the reach of children.

Video: Travel Health Tips from Passport Health (October 2020).