Travelling Well or not Mosquito diseases Humans have been travelling
since we could first walk. There were some problems however. Early travellers had to carry clothing, equipment,
shelter, food, water and even weapons. Some attackers were microscopic, and many early
travellers succumbed to disease. Thankfully we no longer need much of that
tedious preparation. Modern hotels have plentiful supplies of food and water. Our baggage is
lighter, and we don‘t need to carry guns to ward off wild animals. Germs, however,
are still a threat. Protecting one’s health should still be
on every travellers preparation list. Failing to prepare for good health can have
some very unfortunate results………. Mosquito stings can be avoided by using repellent,
wearing long pants and long sleeved shirts. Hospitals in third world countries often lack
the resources to provide proper care. You are risking your health by failing to
take adequate precautions to protect yourself Which means the results may not be pleasant Cholera Potentially deadly water borne diseases like
cholera are contracted from drinking untreated water.
You can help prevent these types of diseases by being vaccinated, treating water with iodine
tablets, or boiling water for at least a minute. If you buy bottled water you should check
it has an intact seal. Hepatitis A Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver
contracted by the faecal oral route. To help prevent spreading it, you need to wash your
for 20 seconds, rinse and dry. Hepatitis A can be contracted from contaminated
food, or touching surfaces that have been used by others We recommend using hand sanitisers after contact
with any surfaces commonly used by the public. Hepatitis A can also be spread by touching
others, especially when shaking hands Influenza Influenza is a potentially fatal disease spread
by an infected person coughing and sneezing near others. The
influenza vaccine helps prevent the three
most common strains. Rabies
In what may seem an innocent encounter with
animals like dogs, cats or monkeys, you may be exposing yourself to a lethal virus that
kills about 50,000 persons a year.
Food diseases Eating at open market stalls is risky There are many diseases contracted from poorly
prepared and stored food Typhoid is one of a few food diseases that
can be prevented by vaccines Mountain Sickness
Mountain Sickness develops after ascending over 2500meters. By taking Altitude pills
you can help our body cope with the low level of oxygen at these altitudes Altitude can affect your balance Meningitis
Meningitis is a potentially fatal disease. It can be transmitted by contact with respiratory
secretions or by touching an object contaminated by a carrier and often you dont get the standard of care
that you get in Australia Travellers diarrhoea Travellers diarrhoea can ruin your trip Travellers Diarrhoea can be contracted from
contaminated food or water The effects can be very unpleasant Summary Our safari couple have had many successful
journeys, comfortable in the knowledge that they prepared themselves well.
Good preparation is one of the secrets to having successful journeys
Hello I’m Dr Deb, a travel doctor from the Travel Medicine Alliance,
You’ve just seen in this film, how sometimes when travelling,
things that can wrong. All these problems were preventable with the
right pre travel preparation. Preparing to travel is more than booking tickets,
checking passports and packing your bags Your body should be prepared as well.
The Travel Medicine Alliance is a network of specially trained travel medicine doctors.
Our job is to ensure travellers have the best chance of avoiding unnecessary illness.
Before you travel overseas, you need to be fully vaccinated, as well as taking along
a customized medical kit. It is never too early to teach good hygiene
and health care habits to children. Setting a good example is a parents responsibility.
If YOU adopt good habits, it is more likely that your children will adopt them too, and
it might just save their lives. Try to see your travel medicine doctor at
least 6 weeks before you depart, and together we’ll make sure you‘re well protected.