Importance of immunization in travel medicine

Vaccination is an important step towards protection against a number of infections. But while undertaking immunization, it is mandatory to consult a certified doctor. It is also recommended that you specify the current medical condition and the destination of medical tourism, so that the doctor can determine the necessary vaccinations.

The process of vaccination usually consists of a few steps. Patients are recommended to undertake the entire immunization process prior to travelling as you want to ensure that the vaccine will appropriately work as a defence against the disease. If you have undergone immunization against any disease several years ago, you must make your doctor aware of it. In such cases, perhaps only a booster dose will be required for additional protection.

Consciousness is extremely important in the successful prevention of disease. Patients must be conscious prior to the journey and during the journey about the possibility of disease-causing scenarios. As mentioned earlier, one must pay extra attention to the intake of food and drinks in unknown places. Many of the diseases are water and food borne which can be hazardous. Therefore, consciousness about the consumption of street food or tap water is very important in preventing certain diseases.

Apart from food and water you must also be vigilant against insect bites. Some insects such as flies and mosquitoes cause a number of diseases. You should carry mosquito repellent creams as a preventive step against mosquito bites. Tropical countries like India have a high incidence of mosquito types. Various ointments, creams and pills are ideal for protection.

Certification and documents form a very important part of the medical endeavour. You should carry with you all the records that certify the immunizations you have received, to the destination. This will enable the doctors at the destination to have a proper knowledge about the kind of drugs and further treatment that can be administered in your case. If the documents are in a language that is not internationally recognized then it must be translated in a language that is acceptable at the destination. Unless it is done so, the doctors at the destination may not understand the reports and it may be difficult to determine a future course of treatment.

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