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55th Year - Going Confidently for 55 years
55th Year - Going Confidently for 55 years

Travel Health Journal

Piotr Młynarczyk travel health basics

Travel Health Basics: Before You Go

Planning a healthy trip Nobody wants to think about getting sick abroad when they could be scoping out the best sights to see. However, being informed about health risks at your destination and learning what you can do to avoid them are key to planning a memorable trip. Travel health is about prevention and common sense. Be aware of health issues that may arise and take appropriate measures to prevent illnesses and injuries when you’re travelling, not only for your own well-being, but for the people and communities you encounter during your trip. The tips below will help you determine how far in advance you need to prepare, which immunizations and medications you’ll need, and why other travellers may ...

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NEW! Guide to Travel Health Insurance

Did you know that our new Guide to Travel Health Insurance is out? Hot off the presses, this guide seeks to answer one of the most frequently asked questions we get from travellers: “Where can I find travel health insurance and what should I look for?” IAMAT members told us that they are looking for guidance on how to navigate the world of travel health insurance. We did the research for you and wrote a comprehensive primer to help you find the best coverage for your needs. Travel insurance insiders Bruce Cappon of First Rate Insurance and Damian Tysdal of Travel Insurance Review also share their tips on how to buy wisely. We do not name any companies in ...

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Taking travel health online

This article is part of our 55th Anniversary blog series. To learn more, visit our 55th Anniversary page. The 1990s were a decade of rapid change in technology and communication. By the end of that decade, travellers were gravitating to a new community: the Internet. The Internet and home computers made it easier to find information, so more and more travellers began to seek travel health information online. A big part of our work involves making it easy for you to find the information you need, so it was only natural for us to bring health resources to travellers electronically. IAMAT’s first website launched in 1999 to provide periodic travel health updates and give members online access to the Medical ...

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Supporting travel medicine in China

This article is part of our 55th Anniversary blog series. To learn more, visit our 55th Anniversary page. Building bridges across the Pacific In 1995, Dr. Elaine Jong, Chair of IAMAT’s International Medical Board and Assunta Uffer-Marcolongo, President were invited to attend the first Chinese Travel Medicine Conference in Shanghai. This conference was organized by Professor Gu Jin Xiang, a Chinese physician who foresaw the need for establishing travel medicine clinics in China, not only for visitors but also for Chinese travellers going overseas in ever larger numbers. Elaine and Assunta were invited to give lectures on travel vaccines used in Western countries, preparation of travellers for their journeys and discussions of the spread of infectious diseases through travel. In ...

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The Pregnant Traveller: Vaccines, malaria, and insurance

Travelling while pregnant Travelling during pregnancy can be stressful, especially when you’re going to a developing country where prenatal care is limited or not available. Travel to these areas may increase your risk of contracting infectious diseases, insect-borne diseases, and food- and water-borne illnesses. Your body will also respond to travel and stress differently while you’re pregnant. Before you travel, research the health care situation at your destination in case of an emergency. It’s also important to consider vaccinations, malaria prevention, and travel insurance when planning your trip. Make sure you understand the restrictions placed on pregnant travellers by airlines, cruise lines, and insurance companies. Discuss your travel plans with your physician and if possible, always travel with a ...

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Drinking Water 102: Choosing the right method for your trip

This is Part 2 of a two-part series on water disinfection. Read Part 1, Drinking Water 101:  What’s in the Water? In the last post, we looked at the basics of water disinfection. This week, we’ll explore the key features of some water disinfection products for travellers and backcountry explorers. Factors to consider The water disinfection method you choose depends on the water quality at your destination, your budget, the size and weight of the product, how many people will be using it, its availability, and access to fuel or electricity. Water disinfection products for travellers* Filters Filters come in a variety of sizes and can be appropriate for many types of travel. They range from small hand pumps, water ...

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Drinking Water 101: What’s in the water?

This is Part 1 of a two-part series on water disinfection. Read Part 2, Drinking Water 102: Choosing the right method for your trip. In many parts of the world, the water isn’t safe to drink. Human waste from poor sanitation and chemicals like fertilizers are just two common sources of contamination. For many short-term travellers, bottled water seems like the easiest solution, but bottled water creates plastic waste which often isn’t recycled. Bottles can also be tampered with and refilled with unsafe water. For travellers to rural or remote areas, carrying a supply of drinking water may not be possible. So what can you do? One option is to treat your own water. In this post, we’ll take ...

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What’s changed in air travel since 1960?

This article is part of our 55th Anniversary blog series. To learn more, visit our 55th Anniversary page. What has changed since you started travelling? Over 1.1 billion tourists travelled abroad in 2014, compared to 25 million in 1950. IAMAT was founded in 1960 and we’ve seen massive changes in the travel industry over the last 55 years. From aircraft technology to destinations to travellers’ fashions, every decade brought big changes to the way we experience international travel. Travel in style In the 1960s and 1970s, flying was a special experience. Travellers dressed up for the flight and the chance to see and be seen. Less formal, more comfortable clothing is a relatively recent trend in travellers’ wardrobes. In ...

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Scholars make connections between tropical medicine and global health

We recently checked in with Dr Zhang Min from Guangzhou and Dr He Lei from Hangzhou, recipients of the 2015 IAMAT-China Travel Medicine Scholarship. Min and Lei are participating in an eight week Tropical Medicine and Global Health course at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston with Dr Lynn Soong, Professor of Microbiology/Immunology and Parasitology. Both Min and Lei are certified travel health practitioners. Min was IAMAT’s first scholarship recipient in 2002 and has mentored many of her Chinese colleagues preparing for the ISTM Certificate in Travel Health examination. The course covers epidemiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, and treatment of tropical infectious diseases. Min and Lei are also learning about major global health challenges such as treatment ...

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Meet Nadia, our member experience expert

If you’ve called our office, you’ve probably spoken with Nadia! Nadia Sallese is our Director of Member Services. Nadia has years of experience helping IAMAT members so you’re in good hands when you have questions about your membership, a donation, or our travel health services. Nadia took some time out of her busy schedule to share why she enjoys interacting with travellers and what she likes to do when she’s not at the office. How long have you been with IAMAT? What has changed? I’ve worked at IAMAT for 29 years. So many things have changed! I used to work by myself at the Toronto office. It’s really nice to have co-workers and interact. I think one of the ...