It's estimated that a third of Americans don't own a valid passport, making it impossible for them to leave the country on vacation. Having the opportunity to experience a foreign country and culture in person can be exhilarating. If you don't want to become another American who has never left the country, take the time to plan a foreign vacation in the near future. Preparing for a foreign vacation can be daunting, but you should work with your doctor to make sure you are ready.
Here are two things to talk to your doctor about as you prepare for your foreign trip.
1. Schedule a time to receive the necessary vaccinations.
You probably remember visiting the doctor as a child to get your vaccinations. Just as the United States suggests that residents receive certain types of vaccinations, other countries strive to protect citizens through vaccinations as well.
Sometimes diseases that don't threaten Americans can persist in foreign countries. Be sure that you schedule an appointment with your family physician before traveling to receive the requisite vaccinations that will protect you from illness during your foreign trip.
2. Plan ahead for your prescription needs.
If you rely on prescription medications to maintain your health, it's important that you plan ahead to ensure you have access to these medications while on vacation. Since the pharmaceutical laws vary from one country to the next, your doctor may not be legally able to write a prescription that can be filled in a foreign country. Contacting the foreign embassy of the country you are visiting will help you determine if your particular prescriptions can be taken into the country legally.
If your medications are allowed, be sure you have enough medicine to last your entire trip. It can also be helpful to have your doctor write a letter outlining your condition and treatment plan. This document will make it easier for a foreign physician to replace your prescription if it becomes lost while on vacation. If the embassy will not allow your medication to enter the country legally, work with your doctor to find an alternative medication that is allowed in your destination country.
Planning a foreign vacation is exciting, but it can be overwhelming at times as well. When you take the time to learn about the medical preparations you need to make prior to traveling, you can eliminate some of the stress you will feel as you plan your vacation. Work with your family doctor to ensure you receive the necessary vaccinations required by your destination country and that you have enough prescription medication to last your entire trip, and you will be on your way to a memorable vacation. For more information, contact a company like Choice Medical Group.