Have a medical check-up before embarking on a long trip, especially
to exotic countries
· The inoculation will depend of the date of your previous
vaccination, your destination and especially the time between
the administration of the vaccine and the beginning of your
trip. A prescription must be made by a doctor recognised by
the International Vaccine Centre. Ask for an international vaccine
certificate. When you leave a developed country it is recommended
that you be vaccinated against tetanus, typhus and polio and
measles. Don't forget some vaccines only come into effect after
a delay of 15 days or a month.
· Malaria is a very prevalent disease in the tropics,
prevention is necessary by chemoprophylixis as well as taking
measures to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
· A first aid kit is advisable. This should contain a
series of basic medications that can cure the majority of most
common ailments. The Roser Miró Pharmacy has worked out
a list of the main products you should take. This list is available
in the Pharmacy or by request from our web site: firstname.lastname@example.org
· Sufferers of chronic illnesses should ensure that their
daily medication is included. Keep in mind the duration of the
trip. It is also useful to take with you a doctor's prescription.
· If the trip is longer than 2 weeks a dental check-up
· For people requiring spectacles it is advisable to
carry a spare pair as well as a prescription.
2. Usual procedure for hygiene when travelling to tropical destinations:
Water may be contaminated. Drink bottled or treated water.
· Avoid ice cubes that could be made from contaminated
· Brush your teeth with bottled or treated water
· Don't eat raw or semi-cooked foods such as salads,
fish, meat, vegetables, shellfish etc.
· Avoid eating non-peeled fruit
· Do not drink non-sterilised milk
· Beware of confectionary and ice creams. They are easily
· Do not bathe in lakes or rivers without prior advice
· Never walk barefoot and watch where you step
· Don't forget that the preservative is the safest means
of protection against sexually transmitted diseases.
from Tropical Destinations
Don't forget to complete your course of treatment; e.g. in the
case of malaria
· Some tropical illnesses do not manifest themselves
immediately. In the event of any symptoms advise your doctor
of the trips made over the last twelve months.