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Health tips before heading to Micronesia

MicronesiaThe Federated States of Micronesia is a nation of islands that consists of four states; Kosrae, Pohnpei, Chuuk and Yap. Located north of the equator in the western Pacific Ocean, it is comprised of 607 islands. It is always advisable to get yourself checked 6 to 8 weeks before the date of travel to any country. The physician will assess you and provide you with the suitable vaccinations if needed and also explain the health benefits and risks accordingly.

Measles is one of the main outbreaks that occur worldwide, ensure that you receive a medical advice with regards to same, and also a vaccination to prevent catching this illness. Along with this vaccine make sure you get the following routine vaccines as well; diphtheria-tetanus- pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. Specifically for Micronesia the vaccines for Hepatitis A and Typhoid is recommended as you could contract these diseases through contaminated food, and if you are an adventurous eater. Vaccines for Hepatitis B is recommended if you plan on getting tattoos, piercings or even coming in to sexual contact with someone.

The mosquito-borne Zika virus is spreading in the Federated States of Micronesia, and most pregnant women are Hospitaladvised to speak to their doctors before they make travel plans and others are also requested to get the suitable vaccines accordingly.

It is advisable to discuss your plans, where you are going and what you are going to be doing with your doctor to get proper advice and be safe.

Here are some key indicators to watch out for when traveling to The Federated States of Micronesia;

– Eat and drink safely
Only eat food that is served hot and fresh, with vegetables and fruits that you were able to either peel yourself or watch someone else peel. The eggs always have to be cooked hard and not runny. Ensure that you always drink bottled water and have iced made out of clean water. It is safe to drink carbonated drinks, hot coffee and tea.

– Avoid getting bitten by bugs
Be clothed in long sleeve shirts and long pants and make sure your skin is constantly protected. Sleep in air conditioned rooms, but if you are sleeping in the outdoor, make sure you use a mosquito net to avoid contracting dengue. Always use proper insect repellent.

-Safety while being outdoor
Always prepare with the right attire and gear for the weather as it can get very warm when it the sun is up, and very cold when the weather changes and it could definitely be dangerous.

– Keep away from animals
Most animals aren’t a hindrance and they avoid human contact, but if they feel threatened they will attack. Therefore, it is best to keep away.

– Be germ free
Always keep your hands clean, especially before eating. If there isn’t any soap always use hand sanitizer.

– Avoid exchange of body fluids
The use of a latex condom is highly recommended when making sexual contact with a person as contracting an STD is a high risk. Avoid getting tattoos and injecting any drugs or alcohol.

– Always carry some medicine with you and also a list of medical clinics in the area which you would be in.

Being safe during your travel is the best way to enjoy your trip!

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