Everyone looks forward to their holidays – and rightly so. But not many people look forward to getting vaccinations. Whether you’re scared of injections or not, they’re slightly uncomfortable and just a boring part of the travel experience.
However, some destinations require you to get cover for certain diseases before you travel. It’s a necessity, as vaccinations successfully control many of the world’s diseases. The last thing you want is to avoid a simple procedure and fall ill whilst you’re away and supposed to be enjoying yourself.
To make sure you get covered and have a healthy holiday, we’ve gathered five important things to remember when getting your vaccines. Check them out:
1. Book early
Ideally, you need to have your injections done at least six weeks before you travel – so make sure you book early to avoid a holiday disaster. Doctors are busy and might not be able to fit you in at short notice. Having your jabs booked in early gives you peace of mind.
2. Chat to your doctor
If you’re nervous about getting injections or just want to find out more, the best person to talk to is your doctor. They need to know the destination you’re travelling to so they give you the right planning advice for injections and more. There are some diseases there aren’t licensed vaccines for, so your doctor can also advise what you should do if you’re travelling to potentially risky areas.
They might also prescribe you medicine you might need in case of an emergency – malaria medication, antibiotics and medicated creams, for example.
3. Check if you’re already covered
As Skyscanner clarify, some vaccines last for at least a year, many for up to 10 years and some for life. It varies from vaccine to vaccine. Don’t go through the discomfort and pay out if you don’t have to. Make it best practice to know what you’re already covered for, and when it runs out. If you’re a regular traveller, this is particularly important.
4. Still take a first aid kit
Even if you’ve taken all precautions and had the necessary injections, it’s important to look after your health while you’re on holiday. Taking a small first aid kit with some supplies of your own means you can cope with minor illnesses and injury yourself.
According to Travel Insurance, essentials include after sun, hydration tablets, Imodium, anti-itch cream, insect repellent, water purification tablets, sun cream, after sun, plasters and anything else you think you’ll need.
5. Cover up
Similarly, don’t be complacent when you’re vaccinated. Make sure you cover up to protect yourself from mosquito-borne diseases, such as dengue fever and malaria. Even in the hot jungle, these bloggers wear lightweight long sleeve shirts and pants and carry a mosquito net of their own. Whilst they advise you bring and use insect repellent, don’t completely rely on it. Staying covered up helps a lot.
How do you stay healthy on holiday? Share your experiences with vaccinations with us and tips for staying healthy.
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