When planning your holiday find out what vaccinations/immunisations are needed, as people with a lowered Immune System are not advised to have live vaccines. Check with your doctor before booking.
Take care when eating and drinking abroad:
Only drink bottled water
Avoid ice unless made with safe/bottled water
Eat freshly cooked food that is still hot
Be careful with dairy foods, such as ice cream, from unreliable sources like street sellers and kiosks
Avoid raw vegetables and salad
Avoid food exposed to flies.
Take care when eating shellfish as it may contain harmful bacteria.
Avoid insect and animal bites:
Use insect repellents; ask your pharmacist about repellents made with natural products. Wear appropriate clothing to cover up when outside.
If you suffer with lymphoedema (swelling or fluid collection in a limb) ask your doctor about getting some antibiotics that you may need to take if you are bitten.
If bitten by an animal, seek medical help immediately.
This article is reproduced with the kind permission of Carol Robertson at Brain Tumour Research and Support
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