Medical

 

Probably more important than an airline ticket is to be healthy, especially when travelling into more remote parts of the world. Your whole programme can come to an agonising end if you don’t prepare well in this area.  If you know of a travel medicine site that should be listed let us know and we can add it.

General reference and research sites for travel medical related information


Traveller's Medical & Vaccination Centre, is an Australian wide network of clinics which specialise in Travel Medicine.

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New Zealand based operation

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TravelVax Australia, is another nationwide provider of information and inoculation services.


The Travel Health Advisory Group is a joint initiative between travel industry and travel medicine professionals that aims to promote healthy travel amongst travellers.

What are the rules about liquids and gels when applied to carrying special medicine on your flight? Also looks at the rules regarding chill and ice packs.

 

Assorted World Wide travellers medical sites.

  • The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has produced a WWW version of their notable Travel Information that presents an enormous amount of information in a very usable format.
  • The International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) has information for professionals and the general public.
  • Vaccination Requirements and Health Advice from the World Health Organization and available on the internet through the Instituto Superiore di Sanita in Rome.
  • The International Travelers Clinic site provided by the Medical College of Wisconsin contains both vaccination information and a nice collection of additional links to more travel vaccination and health information.
  • Scuba Diver Doctor. Going to an exotic dive location and wondering about the medical side of travel and diving??

More information pages and research to read

Coping With heat Lethal Drinks
Jane Wilson Howarth Travel Doctor Blog and Books How to live longer: go on a holiday
Survey Reveals
Make a Will before you travel Jetlag Cures
Travel is good for health Cosmetic Tourism

 

Survey Reveals Travellers at Risk

Whilst this survey was completed in Australia the general trend is world wide. this is not meant to scare, but to enhance awareness..

In the lead up to the Christmas holiday season, new survey results released today by the Travel Health Advisory Group indicate nearly one in 10 Australians have had an accident overseas whilst two in 10 Australians have had to seek medical treatment overseas.

Additional studies have also found that between 5% and 8% of travellers experienced an accident while travelling, and 15.6% of travellers reported having sought medical care owing to illness or accident during their stay overseas.  Dr Bernie Hudson, microbiologist and infectious disease physician at Royal North Shore Hospital said that its difficult to predict accidents or illness whilst travelling overseas, adding "If an accident does occur, medical treatment overseas can put travellers at risk from infectious diseases such as hepatitis B, especially when travelling to developing countries". He added that the medical procedures that can put travellers at risk include use of equipment containing blood-borne viruses such as needles and surgical tools, intravenous therapy, blood transfusions or dental procedures.

A review of the literature that included reports from the World Health Organization found that more than 50% of injections in developing countries are unsafe, this being because syringes and needles are often re-used on consecutive patients without sterilisation.  This lack of sterilisation can lead to infection by blood-borne viruses like hepatitis B.
Furthermore, he says that a large percentage of travellers are not seeking travel health advice before their trip, with one recent Australian survey (2006) finding that only 23% of travellers seek advice, and a recent international review finding nearly half of travellers did not seek advice. Dr Bernie Hudson agrees that travellers remain complacent about seeking travel health advice prior to their trip, saying, "Accidents and illness can happen to anyone", but that travellers should themselves the best chance of having a safe and healthy holiday, and visit their GP at least six weeks before they depart to discuss your travel health requirements.

Medical risks include: -

Involuntary exposure to hepatitis
Injections into the skin for medical reasons
Equipment containing blood-borne viruses (e.g. needles, surgical tools)
Intravenous therapy
Blood transfusions
Dental procedures

Other risks directly within the control of the traveller and to be avoided include:-

Voluntary exposure to hepatitis
Unprotected sexual activity
Recreational drug use
Acupuncture
Skin perforating cosmetic procedures (e.g. tattooing and body piercing)
Attending a bleeding person
Sharing personal grooming items (e.g. razors and toothbrushes)

Some self help health tactics.

Although bedbugs pose no real threat to human health, tourists prefer never meeting any. It does not necessarily mean a hotel in Africa, but can be in Paris and New York. In fact N.Y. had a recognized problem in this area through 2011!

Restoration Industry Association, a non-profit (U.S.) trade association that promotes best practices in the cleaning and restoration industry, says although bedbugs are about the size of an apple seed and visible to the naked eye, their flat, rusty-red oval bodies can travel through walls via cracks and crevices.
They often hide behind headboards, in the seams and tufts of mattresses, inside box springs, along baseboards, in and around nightstands and inside pictures, moldings and loose wallpaper, as well as furniture, Restoration officials say.

They can attach themselves to anything and can easily make their way back into a tourists home. To prevent taking bedbugs home, Restoration officials advise that if you feel suspicious, or just want to be sure:
-- Before traveling, pack clothes in large Ziploc bags.
-- At a hotel, check the piping along the mattress and frame around the bed, look for empty body shells under the bed and between the mattress and box spring.
-- Check the closet for evidence of bedbugs before using.
-- Leave clothes in a suitcase on a luggage rack.
-- Place shoes out in the open instead of under the bed.
-- At home, immediately unpack in a laundry room or garage, wash clothes and inspect the suitcases.
-- If bedbugs are discovered once home: washable items should be laundered using the hottest temperature for washing and drying. Suitcases, purses and unwashable items can be placed in a plastic bag and left in the sun for a day.


* The Travel Centre and its associates are not a medical centre or trained medically. We offer these links as a guide only. By displaying these establishments we do not offer any recommendation for any particular service. We just recommend that you get as much information as possible, make an appointment at your nearest practice, and get the relevant medications and inoculations. Advance preparation means safer traveling.