Traveling Nurses – Importance of Health Awareness
Traveling is the relocation of individuals between various distant geographical locations. Travel can be achieved by car, bike, foot, plane, train, bus, boat or any other mode of transportation, with or without personal luggage, and is one way to get around or as a part of an activity. Travel is also an industry. With the growth in globalization and the liberalization of many countries’ laws, traveling abroad has become much easier.
International travel is now possible for almost any kind of purpose – business or pleasure. It has become much easier to go abroad and experience different cultures and weather climates. Many have expressed the desire to go to foreign countries to pursue political, business or tourist opportunities.
The international travel is becoming more common nowadays. Many people prefer international traveling to obtain knowledge and experience in another country. Many foreign students go abroad to study in different countries and acquire a foreign language skill for the future. Others may want to visit certain regions for exploring the natural resources, to seek employment or to make friends. Others still want to spend their honeymoon in another country. All these reasons contribute to the rise of the number of travelers.
There are several ways for travelers to protect themselves while traveling. Travelers are encouraged to get themselves fully vaccinated to ensure protection against diseases spread due to insect bites, needles and other forms of transmitted diseases. One form of preventative medicine recommended for travelers is the malaria prophylaxis. In this method, a person is injected with a dose of preventing anti-malaria medicine once in his life. Some travelers may find this method inconvenient because they have to get to a clinic or a hospital within some hours after being injected with the medicine. This method is not recommended for pregnant women, children below six years old and travelers who suffer from severe headaches, muscle ache, high fever or any other symptoms suggesting an impending attack of malaria.
On the contrary, vaccines recommended for traveling to low-developed countries are not easily available in developed countries. This is why travelers to such countries should get themselves properly vaccinated at least five days before leaving for international travel. If you will not comply with this requirement, you will be assessed and held liable for the cost of the vaccination. If you are traveling to one of the low-income countries, then you may be able to apply for a free travel vaccination card.
An epidemic of a highly contagious form of the virus has been recently spreading through South America. This is the “Nippon fever” or “Lassa fever.” This virus spreads through body fluids like blood, breast milk and urine and can cause severe medical complications if it reaches the lungs or other vital organs. Some travelers to these countries are having a higher rate of cases of Nippon fever compared to the usual rate of contracting the illness. This is why the number of traveling nurses is on the increase for this particular disease.