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Medical Precautions and Recommendations for Safe Summer Travel

Sun 02 Jun 2024    
EcoBalance
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Dubai: As summer vacation approaches, many of us are eager to escape our daily routines and explore new destinations. However, it is crucial to prioritise health and safety to ensure a pleasant and worry-free holiday. Below are some medical precautions and recommendations to keep in mind when planning your summer travel.

1. Pre-Travel Health Check-Up

Consult Your Doctor: Schedule a visit with your healthcare provider at least 4-6 weeks before your trip. Discuss your travel plans and any health concerns.

Update Vaccinations: Ensure you are up to date with routine vaccinations. Depending on your destination, you might need additional vaccines such as hepatitis A, typhoid, or yellow fever. You may also require prophylactic medications when travelling to malaria-prone areas.

2. COVID-19 Considerations

Current Guidelines: Stay informed about the latest COVID-19 guidelines for your destination, including vaccination requirements, testing, and quarantine rules.

Preventive Measures: Continue practising good hygiene by washing hands regularly, wearing masks in crowded areas, and maintaining physical distancing where possible.

3. Travel Insurance

Comprehensive Coverage: Purchase travel insurance that includes medical coverage. Ensure it covers potential COVID-19-related issues, including treatment and quarantine costs as well as emergency medical conditions.

4. First Aid and Medications

First-Aid Kit: Pack a travel-sized first-aid kit with bandages, antiseptics, pain relievers, and any other essentials you might need.

Prescriptions: Carry enough of your prescription medications to last the entire trip, plus a few extra days in case of delays. Keep medications in their original containers and bring copies of your prescriptions.

5. Managing Chronic Conditions

Health Management Plan: If you have chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, or asthma, have a management plan in place. This includes knowing the locations of nearby medical facilities and carrying an adequate supply of your medications.

Medical Alert Information: Wear a medical alert bracelet if you have severe allergies or medical conditions. Ensure your travel companions are aware of your health needs.

6. Hydration and Nutrition

Stay Hydrated: Dehydration can be a common issue during summer travel. Drink plenty of water, especially if you’re spending time outdoors or flying.

Healthy Eating: Stick to a balanced diet as much as possible. Avoid street food and ensure your meals are prepared in hygienic conditions to prevent foodborne illnesses.

7. Sun and Heat Protection

Sun Protection: Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Reapply every two hours and after swimming or sweating.

Heat-Related Illnesses: Be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Stay in shaded or air-conditioned areas during peak sun hours and wear lightweight, breathable clothing.

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8. Traveling with Children

Child-Specific Needs: Ensure that children are up to date on their vaccinations. Pack child-friendly medications and keep them hydrated and protected from the sun.

Motion Sickness: For children prone to motion sickness, consult your doctor about appropriate medications or remedies to prevent discomfort during travel.

9. Insect-Borne Diseases

Insect Repellent: Use insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Wear long sleeves and pants in areas where insect-borne diseases are prevalent.

Mosquito Nets: In regions with a high risk of malaria or dengue fever, sleep under mosquito nets and ensure your accommodations are well-screened.

10. Emergency Contacts and Information

Local Healthcare Facilities: Research and note the locations of healthcare facilities at your destination.

Emergency Contacts: Keep a list of emergency contacts, including local emergency numbers, your country’s embassy or consulate, and family or friends back home.

By taking these medical precautions and being prepared, you can significantly reduce health risks and enjoy a safe and relaxing summer vacation. Prioritizing your health ensures that you can make the most of your travel experiences without unnecessary worries. Safe travels!

This article is contributed by Dr.Ruel George Thomas, General Practitioner, Aster Clinic, Al Butina

Disclaimer:All views and opinions expressed in The Brew Opinion – our opinion section – are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of TheBrew.ae, the company, or any of its members.


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