Turkey is a lovely country whose history spans back to before the time when men could read or write. There are hundreds of beautiful tourist sites, archeological digs and adventure travel trips that can give tourists an experience they will never forget. Traveling to Turkey is well worth it.
Preparing properly is an important part of traveling to Turkey, especially because this country borders Asia, the Middle East and Europe, which all have different types of communicable disease dangers. Before setting foot in Turkey, you need to know how to avoid danger from injuries, which travel vaccines are required and which are required and which prescription medications you need to take in order to prevent diseases while traveling within your destination country.
Immunizations given orally or by injection need to be given time to reach their full power. It is advisable to get your vaccinations done four to six weeks before your departure date. If you miss this deadline, it’s ok. You can still get your immunizations before you leave the states, but you will need to be extra cautious about the food and water you drink, people you come into contact with and avoiding being bitten by animals and insects.
At your vaccination appointment, you will need to bring your vaccination records if possible. Dr. Gafanovich will need to review your records and the legal requirements for travel to Turkey and any other countries you plan on traveling to.
When traveling to certain regions of Turkey, it is important to note that malaria and other mosquito borne illnesses are a clear and present danger. You will need to take prescription quinine tablets or other preventative medications to prevent becoming infected. Your doctor will most likely encourage you to wear protective clothing and sleep under the protection of a mosquito net. Be sure to take insect repellant wipes if you plan on touring regions of Turkey that have mosquitos.
According to the CDC, before leaving the United States, you should get a vaccination consultation from a doctor specializing in travel medicine. This is especially true if you are planning on long-term travel (e.g. foreign exchange students, volunteers, charity workers or missionaries, business people and government workers. Remember to check with your school or employer for any requirements they might have.
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Your doctor may advise you to get booster shots or first time vaccines for the flue, chickenpox, DPT, MMR and polio. Even if you are not traveling, these shots should be kept up to date. Other vaccines that are not normally required in the United States, but should be given before travel to Turkey include Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid and Rabies. Hepatitis A and B and Typhoid can be contracted through the ingestion of contaminated food or drinks. Rabies can be contracted through animal bites and scratches, so be sure to get this vaccine if you plan on traveling to rural areas or suburbs where wild dogs may be a problem.
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