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  • Monday, July 24, 2017

  • Managing health while travelling

    Filed Under: Blogging
    Author: Anupama

Staying healthy is a key concern for expatriates and travelers, who face unfamiliar diseases and a different health care system in foreign countries. Taking the right steps to remain in good health abroad can be a significant challenge. Make sure that all your standard vaccinations are up to date. Inquire about additional vaccinations recommended for your host country, such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid fever, and yellow fever.
The worst that can happen to you while travelling is to fall ill. But the trick lies in reaching out to the locals and seeking their advice. Don’t they say, “When in Rome do what the Romans do”? For example, locals may use drinking water filters on their kitchen faucets and clean vegetables and fruits with purified water. Expatriates have a great health advantage over short-term travelers. They usually stay in one place for a longer period of time and are able to adapt to the local conditions.
The most common health problems for expatriates are related to the different bacteria found in food and drinking water, often leading to short-term diarrhea and digestive problems. Infections from insect bites, small cuts, and wounds are also quite common. It is best to treat such small injuries with much more care than you would at home.
Another important concern is how to find a trustworthy doctor in case you have a health problem. Your embassy or consulate can often provide a list of local doctors and hospitals, or you can ask other expatriates, friends, or co-workers for recommendations.

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