Consult your doctor

Consult your doctor

Visiting a doctor will allow you to:

  • Update your vaccinations following your doctors recommendations. Consider getting your vaccinations early because in certain cases it’s necessary to have multiple injections spaced several weeks apart.

  • Learn about the health risks relative to the trip you are planning.

  • Adapt your usual medical treatment or renew your personal treatment by adjusting the dosage. Add to or remove certain medication from your treatment and/or medical kit.

  • Get advice about whether or not your usual treatment is compatible with the medication you might have to take throughout your travels, such as Malaria pills.
    If you have a particular illness or medical condition and should avoid certain situations like extreme cold, heat, humidity, high altitudes, or are at risk of Malaria or other infectious diseases, get advice about delaying, changing or even cancelling your trip.

  • When in doubt get a pregnancy check before leaving, or inquire about the risks or acceptable risks relative to your travel destinations and your particular state of health.

  • Put together a first aid prevention kit for treating certain illnesses.

  • Better understand the different aspects of your medical insurance or assistance contract.

In case of a chronic illness or complicated previous medical history, ask your doctor to write a medical report, preferably in English, that summarizes your situation (background, description of your illness, past cases, results of recent tests, etc.) and mentions your usual treatment.

Never deviate from your usual treatment. Always have it with you and take along a duplicate of your prescription specifying the international name of each of your medications: the DCI (common international name). For example, the DCI of aspirin is acetylsalicylic acid. This way you can replace it or quickly find its equivalent wherever you are.

Don’t hesitate to speak with your pharmacist about your travel plans. He’ll recommend useful products, such as mosquito repellent, sun care creams that are right for your skin type and your destination, etc.

The healthcare professionals who accompany you day-to-day are the best people to talk to before leaving on holiday. Whenever possible, plan your appointments with them well in advance and don’t hesitate to speak with them about all aspects of your trip.