LAU Medical Center - Rizk Hospital

Travel Clinic

Travel Safe, get your medical checkup at the LAU Medical Center Rizk Hospital Travel Clinic!

Travel has become a global trend and an ever growing number of people is touring the five corners of the world. The enjoyment and pleasure of travel can be hampered by a hidden physical condition or by contracting diseases in the countries that are visited.

And because of differences in sanitary conditions, available food and water sources, and immunization coverages, some destinations expose you to certain serious infectious diseases that can be prevented by hygienic measures and preventive medications.

LAU Medical Center Rizk Hospital has launched its Travel Clinic to give travelers peace of mind whether they are travelling for business or leisure.

A visit to the LAU Medical Center Rizk Hospital Travel Clinic will help to minimize health risks during your trip.

What to do before you travel?

Here are some tips to consider and apply prior to, during and after your trip.

Before travelling, make sure to update your vaccination as some countries require you to have an International Certificate of Vaccination, which is why you are advised to check the Travel Clinic to know if you need specific preventive medications during your stay (like malaria prophylaxis). Also, and if you take chronic medication, do not forget to take them with you in sufficient amounts for a longer stay and to keep them in your carry-on luggage.

Your suitcase should also include sunscreen, mosquito repellent and a mosquito net, depending on your destination, as well as your medical travel kit.

LAU Medical Center Rizk Hospital has developed a country by country recommendation that you will be receiving while visiting the new Travel Clinic.

During your travel:

You may experience several things such as food intoxication, bug bites, and the most underrated one of all, sun exposure.

To prevent food intoxication and diarrhea while abroad, make sure to avoid unpasteurized dairy products, unwashed or unpeeled raw fruits and vegetables, raw or undercooked (rare) meat or fish and «Bushmeat», and raw or soft cooked (runny) eggs. Whatever you do, make sure to drink enough fluids, in small amounts and regularly.

To avoid bug bites, it is recommended to stay and sleep in air conditioned or screened rooms with closed windows or use impregnated mosquito nets. Always check your body for ticks after outdoor activities and remove them carefully and as quickly as possible.

Another tip would be to refrain from outdoor drying of your clothes; iron them on both sides instead. If bitten by an insect, avoid scratching and apply hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion.

When you’re exposed to the sun, protect your skin from UV radiation by using sunscreen (SPF 15 min) every 30 mins, appropriate clothing and avoid exposure from 10 am to 3 pm.

Make sure your travel health kit includes prescription medicines in their original containers, copies of your prescriptions, antibiotics as advised by your Travel Clinic, and medications needed for

symptomatic management of pain, fever, nausea, allergy and diarrhea. Do not forget to also pack an alcohol-based hand gel (at least 60% alcohol), sunscreen (at least SPF 15), sunglasses, insect repellant, first aid items (for wounds care) and digital thermometer

Your trip has ended and you're back home, but you still have to make sure to continue taking your prophylaxis as prescribed. Some reporting to your doctor is also required if you have been bitten or scratched by an animal or an insect, and if you had unsafe sex or took illicit drugs.

As part of its mission to always heal with compassion, LAU Medical Center Rizk Hospital's newly launched Travel Clinic aims to make your travels happy and safe.

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