The Globe and Mail: What do I do if I’m seriously ill while on vacation?
February 2, 2010
“QUESTION: On an idyllic vacation in a tropical paradise, you suddenly feel ill. How do you know if your symptoms are serious enough to call a physician immediately, or to follow-up with your physician after you return home?
ANSWER: Usually, the biggest mistakes happen within 48 hours of arriving at that sun-drenched beach or exotic locale. This is when vacationers tend to overindulge on everything from cocktails splashed over ice cubes and limes, the tropical sun or enticing street food.
But common sense and preparation can decrease your risk. Before your trip, go to a travel clinic. You may need region-specific malaria pills, vaccinations or antibiotics. You should consider investing in travel medical insurance to ensure that you will have affordable access to well-trained, English-speaking physicians.”