SAFE TRAVEL IN SOUTH ASIA

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SAFE TRAVEL IN SOUTH ASIA

We get asked a lot about necessary vaccinations and health tips for travelling. The best advice is to take out appropriate travel insurance and visit your local GP who will advise you on the latest recommendations in terms of health and vaccinations.

MEDICINES?

  • Bring your own medicines if you are taking any

  • Brand names may differ as all medicines are manufactured locally

  • If you ever need a doctor, please ask the hotel to recommend one

  • Most hotels have some physicians on call at all times

  • If you are unsure, get in touch with your local doctor immediately

  • In terms of vaccinations, consult your local public health service

  • Review carefully your health insurance policy and travel insurance to make sure you are covered for overseas treatment, hospitalization and medical evacuation or repatriation

 

PREVENTING INSECT BITES

  • Many diseases, like malaria and dengue, are spread through insect bites

  • Using insect repellent (bug spray) with 30%-50% DEET. Picaridin, available in 7% and 15% concentrations, needs more frequent application


PREVENTING ANIMAL BITES

  • Direct contact with animals can spread diseases like rabies or cause serious injury or illness

  • It is important to prevent animal bites and scratches

  • Be sure you are up to date with tetanus vaccination

  • Do not touch or feed any animals, including dogs and cats

  • Even animals that look like healthy pets can have rabies or other diseases

  • Help children stay safe by supervising them carefully around all animals

  • If you are bitten or scratched, wash the wound well with soap and water and go to a doctor right away


CARE OVER FOOD AND WATER

  • Diseases from food and water are the leading cause of illness in travelers

  • Drink only bottled or boiled water, or carbonated (bubbly) drinks in cans or bottles

  • Avoid tap water, fountain drinks, and ice cubes.

  • Do not eat food purchased from street vendors.

  • Avoid dairy products, unless you know they have been pasteurized


ALTITUDE SICKNESS AND SUNBURN

  • If you visit the Himalayan Mountains, ascend gradually to allow time for your body to adjust to the high altitude, which can cause insomnia, headaches, nausea, and altitude illness. If you experience these symptoms descend to a lower altitude and seek medical attention. Untreated altitude sickness can be fatal

  • Use sunblock rated at least 30 SPF, especially at high altitudes, where the risk of sunburn is greater

 
OTHER TIPS

  • To avoid infections such as HIV and viral hepatitis, do not share needles for tattoos, body piercing, or injections

  • To reduce the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases always use latex condoms

  • To prevent fungal and parasitic infections, keep feet clean and dry, and do not go barefoot, especially on beaches where animals may have defecated


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