Preventing Infections During Travel

When traveling in a different country, you need to expect the best but prepare for the worst. On that note, bear in mind that you have to protect yourself against infectious diseases when traveling abroad. Aside from getting yourself updated with immunizations-which was explained in an earlier article-here are other tips you need to know.

Check your health insurance policy – Find out several weeks in advance how your health insurance policy handles medical care when traveling overseas. Some insurance companies would pay for "reasonable" hospital costs abroad, but very few would cover medical evacuation that costs around $100,000 and others won’t even cover you outside of your country.

Because of these, consider purchasing a supplementary policy that guarantees medical payments and transport. You may also want to ask about insurance that covers expenses in returning the remains of a loved on who passes away overseas (especially if you are going to "pretty dangerous" place).

Research about your destination – Acquire a list of recommended hospitals within the location you would be staying, which is especially more important if you would be traveling for an extended period of time. You can get this information either from your doctor, local or state medical society, as well as your country’s embassy or medical groups on your destination. However, when in doubt, you may want to consider going to a university hospital for help.

Bring a copy of your prescription – If you have prescription drugs, it is a good idea to bring along extra prescription just in case your medication is lost or stolen. Also, make sure your doctor indicates the brand name and the generic name of your drugs.

Bear in mind that medications with the same brand name may have very different active ingredients in different countries. You may also need to inform the local pharmacist of the disease or condition the drug is designed to treat to help ensure that you would get the correct medication.

Take special precautions for a chronic illness – For people with cardiovascular diseases, hepatitis, diabetes, or HIV/ AIDS, you may be at increased risk when you travel abroad. You have to make sure to carry the name of your doctor and contact details, as well as information about your condition and any medications you take, and a letter from your doctor certifying that you need certain drugs or medical items like syringes.