Travel Medicine Tips
Travel Medicine Tips – Before Your Trip
- Seek a consultation with a Pivot Travel Medicine specialist, ideally 4 to 6 weeks prior to your travel.
- Ask the Pivot Travel Medicine specialist about recommended immunizations for your specific destinations.
- Prepare a first aid and medical kit containing necessary medication for the trip and keep with you on your carry-on luggage. Your Pivot Travel Medicine specialist can assist you with this.
- Consider evacuation and travel insurance to cover health emergencies while abroad.
Travel Medicine Trips – During Your Trip
- Take precautions against insect bites and take medications for malaria prevention as advised by your Pivot Travel Medicine specialist.
- Practice good road safety by wearing seat belts in cars, helmets on bikes, and avoid unnecessary night time driving.
- Abstain from or practice safe sex with condoms to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.
- Take necessary food and water precautions. Bring a supply of medicine for self-treatment of diarrhea. Your Pivot Travel Medicine specialist can make recommendations.
- Minimize excessive sun exposure and use sunscreen. The sun can be more intense over water, in snow, and at high altitudes.
- Leave animals alone to reduce your risk of being bitten and to reduce your potential exposure to rabies. Seek medical care if you are bitten.