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March 23, 2021

Why It’s Important to Get a Health Check Before Traveling

The last year or so hasn’t been the easiest – that’s something most people can probably agree upon. With the COVID-19 pandemic taking the lives of over 2.5 million people, as well as several lockdowns, introduced by the governments of many countries, the normal we knew before seemed like a dream.

However, with the several vaccines approved and distributed among the public, the world seems to be slowly going back to normal – although it will probably take a while before it goes back to the state before the pandemic.

More and more people will start traveling again – however, this time with a greater understanding of how important it is to stay healthy and take care of themselves. This includes performing a medical check-up before travel. There are several reasons why doing it is a good idea, so, if you want to know more, just keep reading.

It’s Always Important to Get Regular Health Checks

It’s a cliche but the phrase ‘prevention is better than cure’ is totally true. For this reason, it is always best to have regular check-ups even if you are feeling fine or not traveling. It might even be that you have some minor symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, or anxiety, and you are unsure of the underlying cause. If you want to check your symptoms, Hotze H&W Center offers a free online symptoms checker.

You Can Find Out Whether You Need Any Vaccinations

It is very important to check with the doctor if you need any vaccinations before you travel. You can get yourself vaccinated against all the diseases that exist in the place where you’re planning to go. Some countries also require you to be vaccinated against certain conditions, and you’ll need a health certificate proving so before you can enter the country. A health check before traveling will ensure that you have all the right jabs.

You Can Make Better Decisions

If you get a checkup before your trip, it will highlight any issues that need treating and how serious they are. The doctor will tell you how healthy you are, and if it is advisable to travel or not. The outcome is that you will either get the green light to travel or will need to cancel the trip and address the problem. Your overall health condition is very important before any kind of travel, even a short one.

It Makes Your Trip Less Stressful

If you know that you are healthy to travel, or you have had a check-up and are prescribed a new medication, it will make the trip less worrisome. You might be able to get the travel medicine that’s recommended to you in your country of destination, but It will be much easier for you to get it in advance. You don’t want to spend your trip trying to find a doctor or locate a pharmacy and try to explain what you need in a foreign language. If you have all your medications, for instance, malaria pills, before you set off, you’ll be able to enjoy your trip much more.

Another consideration is if you are a person who is afraid of flying. Your doctor might be able to prescribe you medicine or recommend something to help you with your fear of flying. This is a much better way than the self-medication that many aerophobic’s use, which is drinking far too much alcohol on the flight, to steady their nerves.

You Can Get Information About The Place Where You’re Going

If the doctor knows that you are traveling to another country, they’ll be able to give you information to make your stay a more comfortable and healthy one. They’ll inform you on ways to handle the climate and the type of water and food that is best for your body. And as already discussed, they’ll know the vaccinations needed and if you’ll require additional medication such as anti-malaria drugs.

You Can Check Your Existing Conditions

It might be that you already have health conditions that you need to take medication for. If this is the case, a check-up before traveling is always a good idea. You’ll want to know if the condition has worsened as you might need to increase your current medication dosage or even switch to a more effective one. A trip abroad could exacerbate an existing condition, so it is best to have the most up-to-date medicine that you need on hand.

You’ll also be able to find out if your existing vaccinations are current, for instance, polio and tetanus, before you leave for your trip.

In Conclusion

Getting sick while traveling, be it a trip for business or pleasure, can completely ruin it. It’s not just your health that could suffer but your bank balance as well if you end up paying expensive medical care bills abroad. While a health check isn’t a guarantee against you getting sick on your travels, it decreases the risks considerably and ensures you are prepared.

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