Immersion Service Learning - Travel Health Information
SOME QUESTIONS EVERY TRAVELLER HAS: Do I need shots? Which shots do I need? Where do I get them? Will I be exposed to any illnesses while I am there? How do I bring my syringes and insulin on the airplane? Can I get prescription drugs there if I need them? Should I bring some Advil, Imodium, Pepto Bismol, Gravol? Etc...
Here are a few travel health websites and some tips to assist you in finding the answers to the above, and many more, travel health questions:
Find out if there are immunization requirements for your destination country. (EG.Diptheria, Tetanus, and Polio, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Yellow Fever.) For example, you must have a yellow fever vaccine to enter Ghana. Consult with your medical practitioner for recommendations on what is right for you, based on your destination, and the time prior to travel needed to allow maximum effectiveness for any immunizations you may need.
You may visit the following websites for information on immunization requirements and travel health issues for your destination country:
Bring along any medications you think you may require. It will be difficult, if not impossible, to obtain over the counter or prescription medications while on an immersion experience. Medications available in Canada are often not available where you will be travelling.
All prescription and non-prescription medications must be in their original packaging.
You need to carry a letter from your doctor along with your prescriptions and/or medical supplies (e.g. syringes for insulin, Epi-pens) to avoid having them taken from you at customs.
Find out the airline requirements for transporting medical supplies (syringes for example).
PLEASE NOTE- All meals on each experience are eaten as a group, with a preset menu. The menus are mostly local foods, as part of the immersion experience. Participants will NOT have a choice of foods.
In the event you have food restrictions, please discuss this with ISL staff before applying, so that we can help you choose the most appropriate location.
If you have any allergies, you must be prepared to deal with an allergic reaction while on your immersion experience.
Ensure that you are carrying any medications you will need to counteract an allergic reaction.
Let someone know where the medication is and how it must be administered in case you are unable to administer it yourself (e.g., Epi-pen).
Be aware that Immersion Service Learning destinations may have lower standards of care in medical facilities than what may be expected in Canada, as well as scarcity and remoteness of emergency vehicles, pharmacies (for filling prescriptions) and hospitals. Give careful consideration to any current medical conditions, injuries or disabilities which may have an impact on your mobility or other aspects of your travel experience.
If necessary, wear a medical alert tag.
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