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It's critical that expatriates and their families learn about the specific health and security risks of their host country and obtain
recommended vaccinations from a qualified physician, prior to leaving home. |
Important questions regarding health and security risks include the following:
Expatriates should obtain recommended vaccinations from a qualified travel medicine physician or clinic, remembering that some vaccines require time to take effect and others require several injections over a few months. The travel medicine physician can also help the expatriate review the travel risks associated with their particular post. It's also a good idea to confirm that standard vaccinations (such as tetanus/diphtheria, otherwise known as Td) are up to date. As one HTH participating physician put it:
"Routine vaccinations for children and adults should be checked. Often [prospective expatriates] do not receive their Td shots every 10 years because they are not routinely given in many countries." HTH General Practice Physician, Paris.Sometimes an expatriate can rely on his primary care physician to review health risks and administer travel related vaccines. In many cases, particularly when the expatriate's post is geographically remote or the vaccinations complex, the expatriate is best served by consulting with a travel medicine specialist.
The HTH Expats site includes information about health and security risks, organized by country and destination. The Centers for Disease Control provides information about health risks.
Upon arrival in the host country, the expatriate should review local health precautions with a qualified physician, who is likely to be better informed about subtle differences in water quality and the incidence of certain diseases such as malaria. (This is just one of the items the Expat should review during an introductory appointment with a physician --see "Choosing a Physician in Your Host Country").
Remember, Travel Insurance from HTH can help protect your health and your vacation investment.