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Traveling the World Safely

Planning a trip to a distant country? Travel consultation is an essential part of your preparation. It’s vital to be aware of necessary precautions, consult a doctor, and get the required vaccinations for a safe and enjoyable journey. Discover more in this engaging interview with FirstMed’s front office manager, Adrienn Koppányi, as she shares her first-hand experience on this crucial aspect of travel planning.

You have recently returned from a trip to Southeast Asia. What health concerns preceded your departure and what sort of preparations did you make?

I feel lucky because I have traveled a lot since my childhood. At that time I traveled to many European countries with my family without much bother. However, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I was finally able to realize one of my long-time dreams when I had the opportunity to travel to Southeast Asia.

When traveling inside of Europe, or to the western world, usually it does not require any immunizations or any special attention on health issues other than maybe refraining from drinking tap water. Unfortunately in many areas of Asia, Africa, and South America, there are greater risks to your health, due to the climate, changes in hygienic conditions, and infectious pests to name a few, which makes it necessary to pay detailed attention when preparing for your trip abroad.

The last thing I wanted to do on my two-week holiday adventure was to be stuck on the toilet, or worse pick up an infection that could last years.

Necessary vaccinations

When planning for my trip to Southeast Asia, I was acutely aware that I was going to need a set of vaccinations and that they needed to be given enough time ahead so that there was time to reach full immunity before stepping into those environments. The greatest obstacle I had was that I had no idea which exact vaccines did I need to get.

Fortunately, as many of our patients travel frequently, for work or pleasure, I was aware that our clinic also operates as an international vaccination center that provides travel clinic services.

The Travel Clinic

I booked an appointment for a travel consultation with Dr. Éva Dános, our travel doctor, who provided recommendations and a plan for the immunizations dependent on destination, current circumstances, length of our stay, and how much time there was before departure.

Dr. Dános also provided information about illnesses that could not be prevented through immunizations so I needed tips to minimize their risks.

The first steps

Prior to the travel consultation, it is very important to make sure you are up-to-date with routine immunizations, such as tetanus, polio, ‘childhood’ illnesses: measles, mumps, and rubella to name a few; then you can start considering the different vaccinations you may need on your trip.

FirstMed’s travel doctor will draw your attention to the diseases you may be at risk of acquiring and can give you the necessary information on prevention. Don’t forget: all it takes is one dirty coke can ruin your dream adventure.

Turned away at the border?

If I had not consulted our travel doctor, I would not have been aware that many countries require a certificate showing vaccination against yellow fever before allowing entry into the country. I absolutely would have been crushed getting turned away at the airport just because I didn’t know I needed to bring one piece of paper.

This is another reason why I consider a travel consultation with a travel doctor a necessity. Not only does it keep me healthy on my travels but also it allows me to know possible roadblocks beforehand.

Adrienn Koppányi – FirstMed Front Office Manager

If you are planning your summer holiday or a business trip please come and see our doctors.
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