Vaccinations, prevention and being on the road
Starting the process of vaccination research and receiving shots early is critical because some vaccinations require a series of shots over a time frame of several months. We started our research to determine the appropriate vaccinations and malarial prophylaxis regiment with website searches and a trip to the Peace Health Medical Library. After our initial research we met with our family doctor and a consultation with the travel vaccinations department at Cascade Health Solutions to assess our needs. All vaccinations are outlined on the yellow International Certificate of Vaccination, which will be located in our money belt and a copy hidden in our backpack.
Central America region - Chloroquine
Asia, India and Africa regions - Doxycycline
Pre Trip Medical Notes
We anticipate Malaria and Traveler’s diarrhea will be our two biggest medical concerns. Based on experience, articles and interviews with fellow travellers, maintaining a consistent daily effort of preventive strategies will be necessary to combat these two trip stoppers. In addition, with two active boys, there is no doubt we will see a multitude of scraps, bruises, scratches and insect bites. Of course, with my red haired (OK, it's graying), light skinned complexion, preventing sunburn will be a daily battle.
Pre-trip strategy for Malaria Prevention
During my last trip to Southeast, my daily routine consisted of the following preventive strategies.
What is and is not working
Pre-trip strategy for Water Treatment and anti-diarrhea prevention
What is and is not working
Medical Kit This is what we will start with.
What we are and are not using in the medical kit
www.cdc.gov/travel. National Center for infectious Disease. Utilized the Traveler’s Health information. Good regional and malaria prevention resource.
www.phac-aspc.gc.ca. Canadian Public Health information
http://www.who.int/ith/en/. World Health Organization
Cascade Health Solutions. 2650 Suzanne Way, Suite 200, Eugene, OR 97408. Shiela and Jen provided us with a mountain of well organized information and experienced medical analysis. Comprehensive free consultation to determine vaccinations and malaria regiment requirement. Provided a Travax Provider Health Report. A comprehensive analysis of each country based on itinerary and time of year.
Peace Health Library.
Numerous people provided helpful insights about staying healthy from their experiences during prolonged travel to Southeast Asia, India and Africa. We would especially like to thank Catherine Bell, and for their first hand accounts of what strategies work and do not work in these specific regions.
Staying Healthy in Asia, Africa & Latin America, Dirk Schroeder, Moon Publications, 1994.
Lonely Planets Travel with Children, Cathy Lanigan, Lonely Planets Publications, 2002.