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Ingredients for a healthy overseas experience include:
  • common sense,
  • a positive attitude,
  • knowledge of the health risks,
  • the appropriate immunizations, and
  • reasonable precautions.
The availability and quality of medical care varies worldwide. Health facilities may be poor. Medical supplies and skilled practitioners may be scarce. With the emergence of AIDS and drug-resistant strains of malaria, it is vital to remain healthy, avoid accidents, and reduce any need for medical care.

Consider the following:

  • Do you have special needs in relation to your health?
  • Do you require a special diet or certain foods?
  • What are your allergies?
  • Do you require hard-to-find medications?
  • Do you need certain supplies like contact lens solution, hearing aid batteries, etc.?
Preparations need to begin long before you leave home.
  • Have a complete physical exam to identify and follow-up any medical problems.
  • Dental care should be up-to-date, including dentures and bridges.
  • Eyes should be tested and prescriptions for glasses renewed. Take two pairs of glasses and a copy of the prescription. Prescription sunglasses are useful.
  • Make appointments for the necessary immunizations.
  • Take a supply of any prescription medications to last through your stay, plus a copy of your prescription(s) with the generic name of the drug(s). Pack some medications in your carry-on luggage in case your luggage is lost in transit.
  • Pack a First-Aid medical kit. If time permits, take a First-Aid course, especially if going to a remote area with limited medical facilities.
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