Why you should get vaccinated before you travel

posted on January 8th 2015 in Tips with 0 Comments



Aside from the things to pack for a trip, travellers must also prepare for their health, especially if they are travelling overseas. Many countries today have health warnings to inform travellers of any medical risks before going there. Some of the common illnesses that tourists try to avoid are mosquito bite-based diseases, such as Malaria, Dengue and Zika Virus.


Getting sick abroad and while on vacation can ruin your whole plan and may drain your savings quickly. Unknown to many, more than half of tourists (63%) get sick while on vacation, where most of them spend hundreds and thousands of dollars for hospitalization abroad.


But, the best way to prevent getting sick while on vacation is visiting your GP six to eight weeks before your scheduled trip and getting the right vaccinations for you and your family. Here are other reasons why you should invest in getting vaccines before you travel:


Avoid expensive hospital cost abroad

One of the things you can avoid when you get vaccinated is the expensive healthcare cost overseas, especially if you plan to go to the west. In the United States, hospital cost can reach up to $10,000 and the emergency cost of taking you back home can charge you more than $100,000. The county has been known to have the “world’s most expensive medical care,” where breaking a bone can cost almost a year’s wage of an average American. If you get vaccinated ahead of your scheduled vacation, you are preventing the possible expense of using all of your life’s savings to pay for your hospitalisation abroad.


Prevent acquiring terminal illnesses

The main reason why you would want to get vaccines is to prevent acquiring any terminal illnesses overseas. As previously mentioned, many countries today have health warnings related to mosquito bites that carry different viruses. Aside from a regular overall checkup, your physician may ask you important details about your trip and itinerary, such as where is your destination, pre-medical conditions and activities you plan to do. They may suggest necessary vaccinations depending on the current illnesses apparent in the region, such as Zika virus shots for those visiting the Carribean and South America. Remember prevention is always better than cure.



Be more productive

The worst part about getting sick while overseas is missing a lot of exciting and fun things you should be doing outdoors. But, since you’re down with a flu, you will just spend your time tucked in bed and rest. By getting the appropriate vaccinations, you are more productive and able to freely enjoy your time off in peace. There are a dozen diseases that you can prevent from getting the right vaccines. Prevent all of these illnesses by investing in the appropriate medical shots before you leave.

Protecting your loved ones

The benefits of vaccination is not only limited to yourself as you are also protecting your loved ones, who cannot get all these vaccines, from acquiring diseases, such as young children and pregnant women. Whilst there are safe vaccines for expectant mothers, there are also some unrecommended vaccinations for them, making them susceptible to illnesses. Newborns who are also too young to get vaccinations are also prone to illnesses, where 4 out of 5 babies caught diseases from their relatives. Getting vaccines can help prevent the spread of contagious diseases and ensure that their health is always in the best shape.


Added health tips:

Even with the right vaccinations, anyone can still acquire illnesses abroad. So, it’s best to know tips on how you can lessen the risk of contracting diseases whilst on vacation. According to a travel disease and vaccination guide, “in foreign countries, it’s common for many diseases to be transmitted through food and water.” They recommend the following ways on how to stay safe overseas:

  • Only drink and use water from sealed bottled drinks.
  • Avoid uncooked seafood or food that has been kept at room temperature.
  • Always use insect repellant, especially with kids.
  • Practice washing and disinfecting your hands.
  • Bring first aid kit.


As mentioned previously, prevention is better than cure. By visiting your GP ahead of time and getting the right vaccination, you are avoiding all the health and financial risks brought by getting sick abroad.

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