Pre-departure notes

8. Health Issues

 

  • Pre-travel consultation
    • You should discuss with your family doctor before travel

                    if you have any medical problem

  • Medications that you need to take regularly should be

carried as hand baggage

  • Make a record of medicines that you are using
  • Check with your travel agent, doctor or your host university

for the types of vaccines required. These may include

vaccination against hepatitis A and B, yellow fever (required

under the International Health Regulations if you visit certain

countries in Africa and South America), typhoid fever, etc.

  • If vaccination is required, inform the health professional

about any allergy you may have before receiving the vaccine

  • Prepare a travel medical kit containing a thermometer, masks,

desindectants such as alochol swabs and mdeications as

  • Consider obtaining travler's health insurance because medical

care can be costly or not readily available overseas, and

sometimes repatriation is needed

 

  • Diarrhoea (腹瀉)
    • Drink plenty of fluid and eat a diet of non-greasy, easily

digestible food

 

  • Avoiding Mosquito-Borne Diseases
    • Mosquito can transmit several lethal diseases such as Yellow

Fever, Dengue Fever, Japanese Encephalitis and Malaria

  • Avoid being outdoors during mosquito feeding times (between

duck and dawn for Malaria, daytime for Dengue Fever)

  • Stay in air-conditioned rooms or those protected by screens
  • Apply insect repellent to exposed skin. Choose one containing

DEET (N, Ndienthyl-3-benzamide). Repeated application may be

required. Concentration of “DEET” should not exceed 35% for

adult (all undergraduates are assumed to be an adult)

 

  • Sexually transmitted diseases
    • Beware of the dangers of casual sex while you are abroad (or

even go to mainland as well)

  • A single exposure is sufficient to transimt HIV virus (which cause

AIDS) or other sexually transmitted diseases if your sexual partner

happens to be a carrier

  • Using condoms correctly provides some protection from getting

the sexually transmitted disease but the golden rule is to refrain

from promiscuity and never have sex with strangers

 

  • Accidents
    • When hiring vehicles, you should check carefully the insurance coverage, a well as the state of the tyres, safety belts, lights,

brakes, etc.

  • Be careful in high-risk activities like sky driving, shooting rapids,

high altitude trekking, diving, etc.

 

  • After the trip
    • If you have fever, rash, to name just a few, that you had been to

an area with a recent outbreak of infectious diseases or had been

in contact with some sick people or had travelled to rural or

developing areas, remember to tell your doctor where you have

been

 

  • For further information, please visit UHS website at  

     http://www.uhs.hku.hk/service/thc.php.

 

  • Additional information of health tips for travelers

                    http://www.uhs.hku.hk/pandemicflu

 ** Before travel, for the person who (1) feels unwell or has a fever

and (2) has been in close contact with suspected or confirmed

Avian Flu/Middle East Respiratory Syndrome patients in the last

10/14 days, is not advised either  NOT to travel or seek medical

advice