Press Release Date: 21st February 2011
Once a playground for the rich and famous, these days cruising is more popular than ever before across all age groups and occupations. But before you set off for your relaxing fun in the sun, there are a number of health issues to keep in mind and prepare for.
Tropical Medical Bureau offer the following advice for travellers to ensure your time cruising is healthy, happy and devoid of any calamities.
Everything in moderation: One of the most common problems on a cruise is that there is a great variety of food provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Many travellers feel they have to constantly eat! This can lead to quite uncomfortable abdominal problems in many of the passengers. Passengers should be sensible and eat well cooked foods and avoid anything too rich. Never eat undercooked bivalve shell fish (mussels, oysters, clams etc) as these are frequently associated with quite horrible gastrointestinal illnesses. As Dr Graham Fry, Medical Director of TMB, says “remember the 5 star restaurant may be serving 1 star shellfish!”
Pack a First Aid Kit: Travellers are always recommended to carry a small fairly basic first aid kit for any overseas trip. Usually this should include tablets for diarrhoea and nausea as well as a cream to treat insect bites. Dr Fry adds “Having sufficient travel insurance is also a very sensible precaution.”
Sunburn: The heat of the summer months in the Caribbean can be very significant and, especially for the unprepared Irish traveller, it is really important to limit any sun exposure – especially in the early part of the trip.
Vaccines: Even though the cruise liners themselves have extremely high standards most travellers to the Caribbean are encouraged to consider having vaccines to help protect against illnesses which they may be exposed to while on shore. Having good repellents and sun block is also important for all travellers.
Malaria: The actual risk of contracting malaria within the Caribbean is limited to the islands of Haiti and Dominican Republic. Even then, for most people, the risks are small and, occasionally, depending on the actual itinerary, the vaccination doctor may just recommend suitable repellents rather than actually having to take malaria tablets.
Respiratory illness: This is probably one of the bigger issues on a cruise liner. If you are close to an individual who is coughing and sneezing it would be wise to move a suitable distance away. Also use one of the hand sanitising gels regularly and especially before and after meals.
Dr Fry also adds a note of caution to visits on-shore as well as off, saying: “The 5 star luxury on board may dull the passenger’s awareness of the health risks when on shore and visiting local eating establishments.” Dr Fry adds “Stray dogs frequently roam around ports and are best avoided.”
Visit www.tmb.ie for the latest travel news country-by-country and health information and tips.
www.tmb.ie offers country by country vaccination requirements as well as health advice and safety guidelines for travelling in any part of the world. Tropical Medical Bureau centres stock the full range of travel vaccines, so there is no excuse not to get the correct vaccinations.
TMB also have a 24/7 helpline for registered TMB patients so your clinic is always contactable while you are abroad.
Dr Graham Fry, Medical Director, Tropical Medical Bureau is available for comment / interview.
Tropical Medical Bureau have 23 clinics nationwide. For more information or to book your appointment please visit www.tmb.ie
Phone: 086 8583585
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