July 6, 2022
Summer is around the corner and for those of you planning vacations – in Canada or abroad – be sure to visit Well and Truly RX first. Our team is certified to administer required travel vaccines.
Proper immunization is important before you travel. Immunization can help protect against different pathogens that you may not encounter at home. Certain immunizations may be required depending on your destination and nature of travel and are your best defense against contracting foreign pathogens. Immunizations are safe and effective and an easy way to prevent serious illness when you travel.
Don’t Delay Getting Immunized
Getting immunized as far in advance of traveling is advisable. In general, most vaccines require a minimum of 2 to 4 weeks prior to travel to take effect by the time you are travelling.
Immunizations can help reduce the risk of foreign pathogens from infecting your body and this in turn can help prevent you from getting sick. No vaccine is 100 per cent effective but many offer significantly better protection than doing nothing.
Avoid Sickness While Traveling
In addition to ensuring all necessary injections and inoculations are up-to-date, there are a few things you can do to avoid getting a bug while travelling. When it comes to food, “boil it, peel it, cook it, wash it or forget it” is a good rule of thumb. Eat foods that are intended to be hot while they are still hot. Avoid ice cubes that are not made from bottled water. Consume only bottled water.
Ensure you travel with all your regular medications to prevent worsening of chronic conditions. Depending on your destination and nature of travel, you can pack antibiotics to use in the case of travelers diarrhea, or a prophylactic to help reduce the risk of getting travelers diarrhea, as well as medication to prevent altitude sickness, anti-nausea medications, etc.
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