Why You Should Get a Health Check Before Travelling

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Wondering if you should get a health check before your next trip?

In the wake of a global pandemic, many countries will be upping their medical criteria for visitors in the coming years.

If your work involves constant travel, it is imperative to have regular check-ups at your country of residence. These health exams can help prevent any possible issues when travelling to other destinations.

Here are the main reasons why you should get a health check before travelling.

Should I get a health check before travelling?
Make sure you are in a fit state to travel.

Evaluate your overall health

You should preferably inform your health care provider of your travel plans at least four weeks in advance. This way you can ensure that all medical requirements are taken care of and to avoid last minute delays.

Start working with your doctor to evaluate your health status. Your practitioner may ask you to get a blood test to help in diagnosing the presence of any underlying condition.

An online lab testing is perfect for monitoring such issues and will provide you with the answer to any health questions you may have. Getting an online blood test is fast, affordable and saves a visit to the doctor.

In case you have undergone any type of surgery, or you’re traveling with a chronic illness, disability or even a weak immune system, make sure to tell your doctor about it so that you know what precautions to take. Pregnant women, especially those over 36 weeks, must talk to their physician before making any travel decisions as airlines may not permit them to fly.

Get the necessary travel vaccinations before your trip.

Protect yourself against diseases

It is also important to visit your doctor prior to your trip and inform them about the destination you intend to go to. Depending on which country you are visiting, you will need specific destination advice from your doctor regarding the need of vaccinations or medicines necessary for that particular region. The information should also include the date of travel, length of the trip, activities you might take part in and personal matters like age, allergies and past travel experience.

Even travelers who are very healthy should be aware that our body may react differently in changing environments, especially in the older age groups. Here the doctor’s recommendations and advice should be heeded to prevent any setback. This will cut down the potential risk that may arise from a disease which you can easily handle in your home country, but may not be able to handle it elsewhere.

Your doctor will be able to advise you on any important medical requirements for diseases that are prevalent in some countries. Schedule an appointment with a health specialist to ensure you have the right medical clearance to travel to your desired destination.

Tip: Remember to get the right travel insurance for your trip. Here are 5 things to consider when buying travel insurance.

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Daniela Frendo

Daniela Frendo

Hi! I'm a Maltese blogger based in Scotland. I created Grumpy Camel to help travellers connect with places through culture, history and cuisine.

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