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29 June 2016

Stay healthy on your holiday

Are you planning a tropical holiday to escape the winter chill? You’ll need more than your passport and spending money for a memorable vacation; it’s also important to take precautions to ensure you have the best possible time.

Are you planning a tropical holiday to escape the winter chill? You’ll need more than your passport and spending money for a memorable vacation; it’s also important to take precautions to ensure you have the best possible time.

Here are some other things you may need to remember before you go on holiday:

1. Get your vaccinations

On the top of your list should be vaccinations. Some vaccinations are compulsory, depending on your destination. For instance, if you’re traveling to parts of Africa or South America, you’ll need a yellow fever vaccine. It may also be a good time to get your tetanus, diphtheria, measles and polio vaccinations up to date – as well as the influenza vaccine.

To make an appointment to see one of our doctors in Warragul, Churchill, Morwell or Traralgon, phone 1800 242 696 or book online at www.lchs.com.au

2. Prescription medications – and a doctor’s letter

You may not be able to easily find medications you’re taking at your destination, so be sure you have enough to last your trip.

If you’re traveling overseas, remember it may be illegal to take some medicines out of Australia. Make sure the medicine you’re taking is legal in the country you’re travelling to, and carry a letter from your doctor detailing what the medicine is and that it is for your personal use.

3. Travel insurance

When you travel, there are lots of things that can happen beyond your control – illness, natural disasters, or even delayed flights. To make sure you’re covered for unexpected costs, including medical treatment, look at getting travel insurance.

4. Watch your weight

Airlines are becoming increasingly strict with luggage weight restrictions and penalties for overweight baggage can be harsh. Handheld luggage scales are a great travel accessory, especially on the return leg of your journey to make sure you haven’t bought more souvenirs than you can carry.