At last – it’s time for that well-deserved sunny vacation. If your travel plans include destinations outside Canada, you should be aware that standards of safety, hygiene, and medical care may be different. Some of these differences can have a significant effect on your health and access to medical services while you are away.
To make sure that illness doesn’t spoil your fun, here are 4 practical pointers on how you can prepare to have the best vacation!
- Get Immunized
Getting vaccinated against diseases that are common to your travel destination will give you extra peace of mind before you hop on the plane. Depending on where you are traveling to, your age, and travel activities, you may require certain vaccinations before travel.
To protect yourself:
- Ensure you are up-to-date on all of your routine and booster vaccines.
- Ask your Save-On-Foods pharmacist to provide a vaccination review 6-8 weeks before travelling as some vaccinations may have multiple doses. For more information on the vaccinations that your Save-On-Foods pharmacist provides, check here: https://www.saveonfoods.com/pharmacy-services/
- Create a Travel Health Kit
A good travel health kit containing basic necessities to handle minor injuries and illnesses is important to have on hand during your travels. It is a good idea to assemble your kit before you embark on your journey as these supplies may not be as easily accessible in your destination as they are here in Canada.
Your travel kit should include:
|· Alcohol wipes
· Antibacterial creams
· Hand sanitizer
· Sterile pads
|· Motion-sickness medication
· Oral rehydration solutions
· Hydrocortisone cream
· Allergy medication
· Antidiarrheal tablets
· Acetaminophen and/or Ibuprofen
· Insect repellant
Did you know: Your Save-On-Foods pharmacist can help customize your health travel kit to best suit your needs. Make an appointment with your Save-On-Foods pharmacist today https://www.saveonfoods.com/pharmacy/
- Be aware about what you eat and drink while vacationing
Trying new flavours and cuisines abroad can be fun, but there are some precautions you should take to keep from getting sick. Traveller’s diarrhea usually results from consuming food or beverages that were contaminated by a virus or bacteria.
Remember these key tips when eating and drinking abroad:
- Drink bottled water or boil water for at least 1 minute before using it. Forget the ice cubes!
- Brush your teeth with bottled, boiled, or treated water.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm, clean water or use a hand sanitizer.
- Avoid uncooked vegetables and fruits that you can’t peel yourself, remember to keep it safe: “Boil it, cook it, peel it, or forget it!”
- Avoid eating from street vendors, unpasteurized dairy products or under-cooked foods.
- Traveler’s diarrhea caused by coli contamination can be common in some countries – talk to your Save-On-Foods pharmacist about an oral vaccine that can help prevent this and what to do if it happens!
- Travelling with a Pre-existing Medical Condition
If you have a chronic health condition, here are some tips that can make travelling easier and help prevent problems during the way:
- If you are travelling with a pre-existing medical condition, be sure to carry an official medication list from your pharmacist
- Be sure you have enough medication with you to last a few days longer than you expect to be away, just in case your return is delayed for some reason.
- Make sure your medicines are in the original containers and that the pharmacy labels are intact and legible.
- Always pack your medication and medical supplies in your carry-on luggage in case your checked baggage is lost or stolen.
- Arrange for travel health insurance before you leave.
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Your Save-On-Foods pharmacist is a good resource for health tips to help you prepare for your vacation. From customizing your travel health kit to providing a vaccination review, our pharmacists are on hand to answer any health questions you might have.
Make an appointment with your Save-On-Foods pharmacist today and receive:
- Traveller’s diarrhea prevention tips
- Motion sickness prevention tips
- Vaccination Review
- Travel kit advice
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