Hello readers, welcome for another edition of Sandboarding Nation! Today, I'm gonna go deep into a subject which I mainly do not know, I will mainly be giving advice, precautions and stuff that is fact as well. I'm gonna be talking about how to take care of yourself abroad in terms of health care and if anything goes wrong with you, diseases, potential hazards, etc...
It is important to not at this time that I am NOT a doctor so my words from my mouth may not be recommended or even advisory to you. I will be giving basic tips and common sense on how to make sure you don't get anything bad or essentially not die when you are abroad sandboarding or not.
Medicines & Drugs
I'm talking the legal pharmaceuticals and not the hard life crashers, it is essential to look up what drugs you should take on what part of the world you are travelling to. I read a book called 'Concise Guide To Medicines & Drugs' issued by the British Medical Association; this book is often revised and updated to keep on top of the world of health care and to make sure everyone is healthy and happy.
When you go to certain destinations you will need the appropriate vaccinations and treatment abroad so if you're travelling within Europe, North America, Australia or Japan then you won't need to worry to much but if you are crossing continents or going to an unknown area then take note of these tips:
For the prevention of Hepatitis A, which is prevalent in high risk areas outside of Western & Northern Europe, North America, Japan, Australia & New Zealand; it is recommended that you have 2 injections that are 6 to 12 months apart which will start to become effective 2 to 4 weeks after the initial dose, the 1st immunisation protects you for up to a year and the 2nd immunisation for up to 20 years.
If you are travelling to a location where Hepatitis B is prevalent and who may require medical or dental treatment and/or may be likely to have unprotected sex should be protected by having 3 injections, a month between the first and second doses and 5 months between the second and third doses, the protection against Hepatitis B will be effective after the third dose and will give you protection for up to 5 years.
Known for giving horrific symptoms then eventually killing you, Rabies is a nasty but preventable disease which is present in a surprising amount of countries around the world; 3 injections are required, a week wait is needed between the first and second doses and 2 or 3 weeks between the second and third doses, the doses are effective after the third dose and the period of protection lasts from 2 to 5 years.
Yellow fever is a viral infection transmitted by mosquitoes. South America and Sub-Saharan Africa are areas at most risk from infection of yellow fever, this immunisation programme is easy: 1 injection is effective after 10 days and can protect you for up to 10 years. Simple.
If you are staying for a long or extended period of time in and around India, China, Southeast Asia and the Far East, it is recommended you are immunised. To be immunised against Japanese Encephalitis, you would require 2 injections that are 28 days apart, it will be effective about a week after the second injection from which you will be given protection for a year. Sandboarding Nation likes to help but there are sand dunes in these places so it's worth that I gave you this tip.
In this section, I will be referring to certain but not all strains of Meningitis (check with a doctor or medical practitioner for confirmation) but for strains Meningitis A, C, W135 and Y; you would need 1 injection which will become effective after 2-3 weeks of injection and the protection period is 5 years, this immunisation is encouraged for people travelling to Sub-Saharan Africa and if you are doing certain Islamic pilgrimages in Saudi Arabia, an immunisation certificate is compulsory.
Next time (Part 2 to this post):
I didn't expect to do a big post like this one (because it is big by my standards), so to cover all of the appropriate diseases plus to do this in an appropriate time & non-rushing manner, I will need to do a part 2 to this post. I will schedule this for Friday 25th September where I will be continuing my travel immunisation advice and recommendations for the diseases of Tuberculosis, Typhoid, Cholera, Malaria and Tetanus. I will await your presence for the next post. I would like to thank information derived from the World Health Organisation and the British Medical Association which I have inferred information from in order to write this post. See you on Friday!