Here at the College of Nursing, we frequently travel around the world for clinical experience, so If you’re planning on visiting any developing countries this summer, such as Brazil for the World Cup, take a look at our health tips.
Before you travel:
- Schedule a health appointment at least 4-6 weeks before your trip.
- Be up-to-date on routine vaccines, including MMR, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, varicella, polio and flu. You may be wise to also get the hepatitis A and B, typhoid, rabies and yellow fever vaccinations.
- Consider medicine for malaria and diarrhea.
During your trip:
- Prevent mosquito bites and use insect repellent. Mosquitos are responsible for spreading malaria, dengue and yellow fever.
- Drink a lot of bottled water. Dehydration and heat-related illnesses are common at sporting events.
- Don’t swim in fresh water. Parasitic infections like schistosomiasis are present.
- Only ride in safe transportation. Tourists from America die in foreign countries from motor vehicle crashes more than anything else
- Wash your hands often and avoid contact with sick people.
Upon returning to your home, do the following:
- Keep taking the antimalarial medicine you received before your departure. You may become sick if you stop taking your medicine too soon.
- Malaria is often deadly. For up to one year, monitor your health. If you begin to feel feverish or sick, alert your doctor.
In all that you do this summer, please be safe and enjoy the World Cup!