Are you heading to an exotic location for an end-of-the-summer vacation or a discounted fall holiday? While you are getting ready to leave, you should keep some health tips specific to your destination in mind. Of course you should be aware of dietary differences, for one, but have you also considered how to prepare before your plane even lands?
One way to prevent your holiday from taking a turn for the worst is to get the appropriate vaccines completed at least 4 weeks in advance of your trip at a North Vancouver travel clinic. It may seem like an inconvenience and unnecessary, but here are a few reasons why travel vaccines are important.
Not every country in the world takes the same precautions for diseases
You may think that you do not have to worry about diseases that in North America are relatively uncommon due to the prevalence of vaccines and the effectiveness of medicines. But even other wealthy parts of the world can have different standards for keeping diseases away than we do.
Take Europe for example: an anti-vaccine movement has contributed there to an increase in the measles. With parents being discouraged from getting their children vaccinated, you as a traveller in turn are at a higher risk to get measles, too–if you are not up-to-date on your routine vaccinations.
The measles vaccine is combined in one shot for the vaccination for mumps and rubella, and the Tdap vaccination similarly protects you against three diseases: diptheria, tetanus, and whooping cough. These along with the flu shot are worth the trouble.
Every location has different vaccine recommendations that are easy to find online
You may want to do something daring and new on your vacation. Whatever that entails for you, you should keep in mind that there is no need to take extreme risks when it comes to your health. The internet has so much relevant, recent health information for travellers that to ignore them would be unnecessary, not brave.
One great resource is the Pharmasave Travel Clinic website, which allows you to type in any country name to determine which vaccines you are recommended to get.
Travel clinics are resourceful and convenient
Though your non-routine vaccinations could cost up to a few hundred dollars, a travel clinic can help make the experience more pleasant by providing you with what you need in one location. Visiting a travel clinic can help you to have stories of fun adventures to share rather than “don’t do what I did” tales of regret.