Millions of families travel abroad every year, because it offers great opportunities to explore new environments. Whether you are traveling to China or Europe, you will need to prepare for potential illness in advance. By creating a travel itinerary and preparing in advance, you and your family will have an exciting vacation abroad with tons of memories to share with others. Below, you will discover several tips on how to keep your family healthy when traveling abroad.
Traveling to a foreign country can be very risky, especially when traveling to developing countries that are lacking in vaccines and other health standards. However, this will not be an issue when traveling to a Western country, because these governments have strict health protocols in place for every communicable disease and food poisoning, including the Zika virus, malaria and salmonella. Probiotics are live yeasts and bacteria that play a huge role in keeping the digestive system balanced and healthy. You can purchase probiotic supplements at just about any grocery store and pharmacy.
It is recommended to start taking a daily regimen of probiotics several prior to your travels. By doing this you will be preparing for potential gastrointestinal problems that are known to plague foreign travelers.
If you or your children have a history of cardiac disorders, you will need to contact your physician to request an antibiotic prophylaxis. You will probably be familiar with this form of treatment, because you have previously taken an antibiotic prophylaxis prior to a dental procedure or surgery.
If you are going to be traveling to a country that has a history of malaria, you should considering requesting a prescription for an antimalarial drug from your primary care physician. While these drugs are not 100 percent effective, they can reduce your risks from getting malaria. Malarone, Chloroquine, Doxycycline and Lariam are only just a few examples of antimalarial drugs. If you are pregnant, you can safely take Lariam, plus it is a great option for extended vacation.
Avoid Street Vendors
Just about everywhere you travel, you will find a street vendor selling foods. While these foods smell delicious, they may not be cooked thoroughly. Undercooked foods are highly known for causing cholera, E. coli, listeria, campylobacter enteritis and botulism. Your best bet will be to wait until you have access to a restaurant, where you the foods will be cooked thoroughly. Foodborne illnesses are one of the most commonly reported illnesses among travelers.
Routine Hand Washing
Encourage everyone in your travel group to wash their hands routinely. Remember, your skin is the first line of defense against illnesses. Just be sure to pick up a bottle of no rinse antibacterial hand cleaner for those occasions, when you do not have access to fresh water and soap.
The key to having a happy, safe and healthy vacation is preparing in advance. By heeding to the above tips, you and your family will have a vacation of a lifetime no matter which country you choose to visit. Who knows you may become so attached to Britain that you will want to apply for your British citizenship.