Business Trip Abroad
If you are going to be travelling abroad for a business trip, there will be many things that need to be organised and preparation work to be done. However, don’t allow the excitement and/ or anxiety to cause you to forget to check associated health risks. Whatever the exotic location, it is important to be aware of the exotic diseases associated with your destination. Too often travellers disregard travel vaccinations without understanding the possible consequences. Diseases such as malaria, yellow fever and dengue fever (this one is not immunised against, but advice can be given on prevention) could bring an abrupt end to your enjoyment, and in extreme cases, your life.
If you are travelling within Europe or North America, the chances are you will be fully immunised against the prevalent threats to your health. However, you should make an effort to consult your GP 6-8 weeks before you are due to travel. Your GP will be able to check that you are up-to-date with your required domestic immunisations and will be able to give advice on additional travel vaccinations required.
Some additional travel vaccinations will come at a cost, but the importance of being immunised cannot be under-estimated.
Some countries will require proof of specific travel vaccinations before entry into the country is granted. For example, some areas within Saudi Arabia require proof of vaccination to meningococcal. When travelling within the meningitis belt of Africa, you may be administered with antibiotic treatment at the point of entry. This is to act as an extra defence against this killer diseases spread.
Understanding the requirements of your travel destination will not only help to keep you safe, it could also prevent you from being refused entry into a country you wish to enter. Both problems would result in a ruined holiday as a best case scenario. A simple phone call to your GP should let you know whether or not you are up-to-date for your domestic immunisations and then you can make an appointment for any additional vaccinations.
Remember to utilise your GP’s experience and expertise to keep yourself and your family safe from disease. Not all diseases can be vaccinated but for those that can, prevention is better than cure. This means it is better to defend yourself against contracting a disease than to start fighting it after the symptoms have started showing themselves.
Broadgate GP offer travel clinics in London, why not make an appointment to discuss your trip in detail?