Summer is the perfect time for memorable moments with the family, exciting adventures or even cultural exploration if that is your tipple. And with transport links between countries and continents better than they”ve ever been, almost nowhere is out of reach if you put your mind and wallet to it.
To ensure that you really enjoy that weekend break or elongated holiday to its maximum you don”t want any niggling doubts or worries to linger in the background. But with so many stories in the media every week about food poisoning here and a tropical disease outbreak there, it can be hard to step on that plane or ferry without at least a little apprehension.
At Express Travel Clinic we encourage travellers to gather the right information and seek out the right preventative measures before they voyage abroad. Minimise the risk and get protected and you can be confident that your holiday will be well worth the wait – and the money.
Of course, staying informed is easier said than done, thanks to the British media. So let us help cut through some of those misconceptions that might otherwise stop you in your travel tracks.
1. Vaccinations do more harm than good. You might hear this statement often from family and friends. The simple fact is though, that vaccines have proven to help avert and greatly reduce the risk of casino pa natet infections and diseases that might be caught by travellers. In a small number of cases, there can be side effects such as a low-grade fever or a sore arm but any medical professional will tell you that this is a small price to pay for protection against potentially fatal diseases.
2. Some of the materials used in these vaccines are unsafe. There are very strict guidelines that are set in place to monitor and regulate the production of vaccines. If your vaccinations are administered by a qualified, reputable travel clinicians you should have no concerns about the safety of the medication being administered.
3. Too many vaccines might overwhelm my child’s immune system. While it can be distressing to see a child having injections administered, qualified travel clinicians would never deliver multiple immunisations that would work cumulatively to overwhelm a child”s immune system. Toddlers are exposed to hundreds of foreign substances that trigger an immune response on a daily basis, typically fought off by the body in a short period of time. While vaccinations can provoke the same response, the doses are carefully controlled to prevent serious or lasting side effects.
4. Many children who are vaccinated still get the disease, which proves these vaccines don”t work. Unfortunately cases do exist where children have not fully developed immunity to a disease after being vaccinated. But it is worth bearing in mind that while vaccines do not guarantee 100% protection against a disease, they massively improve an individual”s likelihood of avoiding or fighting off a disease.
5. Vaccine-preventable diseases are almost eliminated in my country, so it should be the same in others. Thankfully it is rare to see outbreaks of deadly diseases that are common elsewhere in the world. This is partly due to the fact that we live on an island. Preventing the spread of diseases across continents can be difficult, however, particularly in areas of the world where access to medication is restricted and where sanitation standards are much lower.
If you are planning to head off on a trip anytime soon and want more information, stop by at one of our clinics and we will be happy to give you advice on what next steps to take!