Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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Travel Health Advice
Plan Out your specific itinerary (Destinations, type of accommodation, duration of stay, planned Activities) Consult your doctor at least SIX WEEKS prior to your travel.

Consider obtaining Travel health Insurance. The insurance premium is based on country you are traveling, the duration of your stay, your age, and any pre-existing conditions you have.
 
  Possible Medical Problems:  
TRAVEL RELATED ILLNESSES  
  Travel sickness (Nausea, Vomiting), Jet lag which is generally more when you travel from west to East when you lose time and Travel fatigue.  
  Economy class syndrome (Leg vein blood clot which may lead to shooting of clot to lungs which could be fatal)  
  Barotrauma (Middle ear or Ear drum damage)  
     
DESTINATION-SPECIFIC ILLNESSES  
  Infections  
  01. Through insect bites; eg. Malaria, Japanese Encephalitis, Dengue fever, Yellow fever.  
  02. Contaminated food & Water; Typhoid, Cholera, Hepatitis A, Traveller’s diarrhoea.  
  03. Bathing in contaminated water; Skin infections, Schistosomiasis.  
  04. Animals; Rabies, Plague  
  05. From soil to skin; Hook worm, Ascaris, strongyloides.  
  06. Sexually Transmitted; Hepatitis B & C, Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Syphilis, Genital herpes & warts, Chlamydia & Gonorrhoea.  
  07. Person to Person contacts; Meningitis, Respiratory & skin infections.  
       
    Accidents  
  01. Motor Vehicle Accidents, Drowning, & Natural disaster.  
  02. Civil disturbances  
  03. Exotic travellers; Mountaineers, Divers, etc.  
       
PRE-EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITIONS  
  Exacerbation of certain illnesses (due to exertion, high altitude, climatic change, environmental influences & time zone change & lack of Medical supply).  
     
WHAT ARE THE COMMON PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES?  
  ALWAYS update your routine vaccines; Tetanus & Diphtheria, Polio, Hepatitis B, Flu vaccine, & Pneumonia vaccine.

Other Vaccines for Destination-specific illnesses & Required; Yellow fever, Meningitis, Typhoid & Hepatitis A vaccines.

Malaria chemoprophylaxis and preventive measures against mosquito bite. Take certain Medications & Precautionary items with you; eg. Mosquito net, Insect repellent, water filter, first aid kit.

DO NOT FORGET to take a Travel letter from your doctor outlining your health summary and the medication list.
 
Dr. Thava Sedan (MBBS, FRACGP, DCH, MPH&TM)
General Practitioner, Parkview Medical Centre, Toongabbie, NSW 2146
(Sponsored by PARKVIEW MEDICAL CENTRE, TOONGABIE)
 

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