Spain is the fourth most traveled tourist destination in the world. The beauty of Spain attracts tourists, while the economic and educational opportunities abound. While Spain is a Westernized country, geographically it borders Africa. Therefore, there is a concern about the spread of diseases that are common to both Africa and Western Europe.
While planning your trip, it is imperative that you speak with a doctor who specializes in travel vaccinations. Dr. Gafanovich’s Internal Medicine practice is well versed in the dangers of the spread of disease in Spain, and is an excellent source of information and healthcare for all your travel needs. In order to reap the most benefit from your travel vaccinations, be sure to make an appointment at least one month to six weeks before your departure. Even if your travel plans do not fit into this timeframe, it is still necessary to get immunized.
It is important to note that if your travel itinerary includes more than one country, you will need to be advised on the vaccinations requirements for all the countries you plant to travel to and be immunized for your protection.
In order to travel abroad, your routine vaccinations should be current. Any required booster shots should be given and any preventative medications need to be taken in preparation for your trip. Be sure that your DPT, MMR, varicella and influenza vaccines are up to date.
In Spain, Hepatitis B is present. It is highly recommended that you are immunized, especially if you run the risk of exposure to contaminated blood or body fluids or may have sexual contact with anyone from the local population. Hepatitis B is an extremely dangerous virus that affects the liver and can be fatal.
There is a risk of contracting rabies from animals in Spain, especially dogs and bats. Rabies can take months to begin to show symptoms, but once symptoms present themselves, the disease is almost fatal. In this case, it is much better to be safe than sorry. Get immunized.
Dr. Gafanovich may advise you on your routine medications and their legality abroad. Be sure to bring enough of your medications to cover you while you are abroad. Medical standards in foreign countries are rarely as high as those in the United States. It is risky to trust medications bough overseas. Therefore, you should bring an adequate supply of any of your regular medications so as not to open yourself up to an unnecessary risk.
Western Europe is plagued by some diseases not commonly found in the United States. Tick-borne Encephalitis, Leishmaniasis, Creutzfeldt-Jacob, Hepatitis A, Measles, Bird Flu and other such diseases can affect travelers. Be sure to ask Dr. Gafanovich about these diseases and how you can prevent them while traveling in Spain.
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Traveling outside of USA and concerned about your health? Travel vaccinations are recommended for many destinations. Find out about the requirements and talk to a physician.
Be sure to ask your doctor about ways you can stay safe while traveling. She may advise you to drink only bottled water or to carry iodine tablets in order to sterilize local water before drinking. She may also advise you to avoid contact with animals or to avoid certain areas of Spain if you are at an increased risk of contracting viral or bacterial infections due to immune system problems.
To learn more about travel vaccinations or to make an appointment for inoculations, contact us today.