Consult your doctor

Your doctor will answer all your questions and concerns. 

This visit will allow you to: 

  • Update your vaccinations by responding to the following questions: which vaccinations are recommended, obligatory, unnecessary or indispensable. Think about getting your shots early because in certain cases it’s necessary to have multiple injections spaced several weeks apart. 

  • Learn about the health risks relative to the trip you are planning. 

  • Adapt your usual medical treatment or renew your personal treatment by adjusting the dosage.  Add to or remove certain medication from your treatment and/or medical kit. 

  • Get advice about whether or not your usual treatment is compatible with the medication you might have to take throughout your travels, such as Malaria pills. 

  • If you have a particular illness or medical condition and should avoid certain situations like extreme cold, heat, humidity, high altitudes, or are at risk of Malaria or other infectious diseases, get advice about delaying, changing or even cancelling your trip; when in doubt get a pregnancy check before leaving, or inquire about the risks or acceptable risks (i.e.: minimum) relative to your travel destinations and your particular state of health. These risks mostly concern people who wear biomechanical or electromechanical prostheses (anything from a Diablo for children with a tendency for otitis, to a pacemaker for seniors with a propensity for fainting).

  • Put together a first aid prevention kit for treating certain illnesses such as asthma, serious allergies and diabetes…

  • Better understand the different aspects of your assistance contract.

In case of a chronic illness or complicated previous medical history, ask your doctor to write a medical report, preferably in English, that summarises your situation (background, description of your illness, past cases, results of recent tests, etc.) and mentions your usual treatment.
Never deviate from your usual treatment, not even in the airplane. Always have it with you and take along a duplicate of your prescription specifying the international name of each of your medications: the DCI (common international name). For example, the DCI of aspirin is acetylsalicylic acid. This way you can replace it or quickly find its equivalent wherever you are.