TRAVEL HEALTH AND SAFETY

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As a seasoned traveller who always has to be camera ready on set, I can tell you, when traveling overseas the last thing you want is to get sick. The following tips will help your chances of having a safe and healthy journey.

1) CHECK THE WATER – Make sure the water is drinkable, you don’t want to end up like Charlotte from Sex and the City.

2) DO YOUR RESEARCH – Safeguard yourself by knowing how to prevent problems, how to stay safe and minimize risks while you are on the move, and how to treat common conditions while you’re away. This is especially important if you are visiting a rural area or a less-wealthy country. Proper planning is the best way to stay healthy.  Do your homework by researching your destination. Check out any possible risks, health problems or security issues. Jump onto the government’s Smarttraveller website www.smarttraveller.gov.au where you will find the latest safety and health information for Australian’s traveling overseas. Your health and safety risks on an overseas trip depend on several things:

-Where you go
-What you will be doing
-Type of accommodation
-Your health history
-How long you will be away from home

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade encourages you to register your plans via the Smarttraveller Website before you leave Australia. The registration information you provide can help people contact you in an emergency and can also be sure to pass on travel advice updates and other important information.

3) GET YOUR HEALTH IN CHECK – Before you jet off tend to any pre-existing ailments or health concerns you have so you don’t have to deal with them while you are away.  Plan a trip to your GP to make sure your medical routine is up to date.  Don’t forget to also see a dentist if you have any niggling teeth issues.  Finding a decent dentist overseas can be both difficult and expensive not to mention extremely annoying! If you have a medical condition, or you are pregnant, breastfeeding, planning a pregnancy or traveling with babies or young children, it’s especially important to get health advice before you travel. Also, make sure you talk to your doctor about any prescription or over-the-counter medicines that you will need to take with you. In particular ask about immunizations. Are your childhood vaccinations up to date? Have you had a booster shot for tetanus in the past 10 years?  Should you have an influenza vaccination? What other vaccinations may you need for your trip? If you are concerned about the country you are visiting see a Travel medicine specialist. They are the experts when it comes to your health and travel and will more than likely know more than most GP’s.  They are knowledgeable about current health risks in every country. They can check that your vaccinations are up to date and offer travel vaccines and other medicines. They can also advise on non-infectious health risks and self-treatment and provide medical kits to meet individual requirements.