Before you leave for a trip to a foreign country or when you want to travel to your home country, it is advisable that you visit your doctor before the trip.
The following are the reasons why you should see your doctor before travel:
1. You could need vaccinations-routine or otherwise
Vaccine recommendations depend on many personal health reasons that are particular to each individual. Other factors that determine the vaccine is the place of their visit and the activities they will engage in on their trip. Your doctor can verify if you’re routine vaccinations are up to date, this includes seasonal ones such as the shot for flu and assists you to get the vaccinations which are recommended for your destination.
2. You will know what is required if you been sick recently
If you are recovering or have been ill lately, your doctor will help to determine if you are fit to travel, how safe is in regards to your travel destination. If it is safe, he will advise on the safety precautions you need to implement as you travel.
3. You will be protected if you have a pre-existing medical condition
If your health condition is improving due to the medications you are using currently, your medical records will document that fact properly. If you will require any medical care as you travel, and you a pre-existing medical condition insurance cover, it will be covered in your travel insurance plan to the maximum amount listed in the benefit. If before the trip you do not have any pre-existing medical condition, the doctor’s report will indicate that in your medical records.
Factors that affect a traveler’s health
Many factors can affect the health of a traveler, but they are specific to each person.thy are:
Your age, Current health, and your medical history
The age bracket of a traveler is a factor that affects travelers on different levels. A 25-year-old cannot have the same activities and routines as a 60-year-old. The state of health a per date of travel can influence a travelers state of health on vacation.
Your record of getting routine and seasonal vaccinations
Every region in the globe has health hazards that are specific to their area. For example, travelers visiting South America will require a yellow fever vaccine and travelers to Saudi Arabia will require a meningococcal vaccination. It’s needed by the government of these countries.
The length of your trip
How long will your journey take? Will your flight be several hours? This could cause some health issues especially if you had a pre-existing medical condition. Drink a lot of water to stay hydrated throughout your flight.
Time of year you are traveling
Are you traveling during winter or summer? This weather patterns can affect your health depending on your health status as per the time of the trip. You might have allergies caused by either cold or dust etc. You should have the necessary information concerning the weather of the place you are visiting and be well prepared to deal with it.
If you are planning to travel, pay attention to all the above health concerns. Above all try to get a doctor’s perspective before you leave.