In the most recent US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travellers’ health update, the CDC says that key health risks that travellers should be looking out for this holiday season are Zika and measles. The CDC said that many countries in the Caribbean, Central and South America, Africa and Asia are at risk of Zika and that travellers should check their destination and learn about recommendations, including taking steps to prevent mosquito bites.
When it comes to measles, the CDC warned travellers that there are outbreaks of the disease in popular destinations in Europe, including the UK, Italy, Greece, France, Romania, Servia and Ukraine. It said that travellers should be up-to-date on measles and other routine vaccines.
CDC also warned of other risks, including Super Typhoon Yutu, the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia, rubella in Japan, monkeypox in Nigeria, and Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
In order to stay healthy during this holiday season, CDC advises travellers to: learn about health concerns at their destination and make an appointment with a travel medicine specialist or healthcare provider at least one month before they leave to discuss any concerns and vaccines needed. They should also pack a travel health kit, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, sunscreen, alcohol-based hand sanitiser, first aid supplies, health insurance card, insect repellent, and condoms, monitor travel warnings and alerts, and prepare for the unexpected.
After all, as Benjamin Franklin said: “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”