Health Issues & Vaccinations
Prior to travelling abroad for an extended period you should consider consulting your doctor in order to discuss known or possible health risks. This is particularly important if you are visiting a tropical region or a country where the conditions exist for the spread of infectious diseases. If you take medication on a regular basis you should ask your doctor to prescribe an amount adequate for your visit and bring it with you.
Certain diseases are prevalent in particular world regions. Malaria is present in parts of Africa, Central and South America, Asia and the Pacific. Some diseases or illnesses - e.g. cholera, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid, various types of food poisoning - can be contracted from consumption of contaminated food or water, especially in areas where standards of hygiene are low. If you are visiting such areas you should avoid certain foodstuffs, particularly dairy products salads, seafood and untreated water.
If you are visiting another Member State of the European Union you are entitled to receive emergency medical treatment on the same basis as a national of the country concerned, but you must bring with you a form E111 issued by your local Health Board.
Remember however, the form E111, does not replace full Travel Insurance Cover.