Visit Your Local Travel Clinic Before Traveling Internationally

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Lions, tigers and elephants dance in our dreams as Alan and I prepare for our South African safari. But we’ve been working on this trip since last spring when we started a series of hepatitis shots. Since then, we’ve been inouclated for yellow fever (a requirement for entrance into Brazil where our trip ends), taken an oral typhoid vaccine and packed the anti-malarial drug we’ll be using during part of the safari.

An elderly elephant at Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa
An elderly elephant at Madikwe Game Reserve

How did we know which immunizations were necessary? When I posted that question at Luxury Cruise Talk, one of the knowledgeable members suggested that my local health department might offer a travel clinic. They were right. So Alan and I scheduled a visit where the staff educated us about health related travel precautions. They also administered the yellow fever shot, provided prescriptions for the typhoid vaccine and advised our family doctor about which anti-malarial drug to prescribe.

Thinking about planning an African safari? Check out all the information on our complete Safari Page as well as our Tips for Planning a Safari, both great resources for active boomer travels in Africa!

Another good source for immunization education is the The Centers for Disease Control where official government reports advise travelers about travel health issues along with immunization advice, including links to state and county health clinics. If you’re looking for a private travel clinic, the International Society of Travel Medicine offers access to a worldwide database of providers.

Other medical related items on our travel list include packing a copy of prescriptions that we use daily plus copies of optical prescriptions (and packing a second pair of glasses) in case our prescriptions are lost or eyeglasses break. And of course we purchased travel insurance in addition to making sure that our medical evacuation program had not expired.

But, as baby boomers, starting out healthy is the most important step towards a successful trip. So, we’ll be eating right, exercising, taking our vitamins and getting plenty of sleep before that all important trip.

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