Where has this year gone?! The end of the school year is fast approaching, but before you go and book that trip – have you thought of everything? Our team at Family Doctors Plus is urging you to make sure you have considered all aspects of your health, safety and wellbeing to ensure the best possible trip for yourself and your family.
Why do we want you to come and see your GP before you book that trip?
You may not be aware of all the risks
Your doctor can provide expert, up-to-date advice about the health risks at your destination. They can give you personalised advice because they know your medical history.
You may need to be vaccinated
Depending on where you’re travelling to, you may need to be immunised or medicated to protect you from diseases like hepatitis, typhoid, yellow fever or malaria.
Ideally, you should see your doctor 6-8 weeks before you travel because you may need to have your vaccinations weeks before you leave.
You may not have easy access to medications at your destination
Ailments that we find relatively easy to manage at home, such as diarrhea or a respiratory infection, can be more difficult to treat overseas. If you’re in a remote place, or aren’t able to see English-speaking medical staff, things can get difficult.
Discuss this with your doctor, as well as any existing conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and food allergies, that you may need to manage while you’re away.
Family Doctors Plus travel services
At Family Doctors Plus we’ll provide:
- personalised travel advice based on your medical history, your age and your destinations
- travel vaccinations
- a travel letter to present at customs and written instructions on when to use medications.
Book an appointment with us to discuss your upcoming travel requirements.