People who travel overseas have up to a 50 per cent chance of suffering a travel-related illness. While most travel-related illness is minor, some very serious infectious diseases are endemic in some parts of the world. All travellers should be prepared for travel and be aware of health issues and measures to protect themselves from sickness.
Prepare for travel
There are many things you can do to prepare for a healthy holiday, including:
Have a medical check-up. Make sure you are healthy before you travel.
Update your vaccinations and ask about other immunisations.
Pack a medical kit for yourself and any children travelling with you. Make sure you pack enough of any medications you need, or take a prescription.
Organise travel insurance, including cover if you need to be evacuated to a suitable hospital.
Have a dental check-up.
Have a vision check and pack a spare pair of glasses.
The most common travel-related sickness is gastrointestinal infection, which is generally picked up from poorly prepared food and untreated water
Have a medical check-up to make sure you are healthy before you travel and discuss vaccinations with your doctor.