A SNOWBIRD’S Rx

ZOOMER Magazine - - ZOOM IN - By Dr. Zachary Levine Dr. Zachary Levine is an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor in the fac­ulty of medicine at McGill Univer­sity Health Cen­tre and med­i­cal cor­re­spon­dent for AM740 (a ZoomerMe­dia prop­erty).

AS MANY OF US head to warmer climes for the win­ter, it is im­por­tant to keep a few things in mind. 1 Make sure to know your prov­ince’s rules for keep­ing your health in­sur­ance. 2 Know the lim­i­ta­tions of your health in­sur­ance cover­age – you will need ex­tra in­sur­ance to cover out-of-coun­try health ex­penses. 3 Go to your doc­tor be­fore you travel to dis­cuss the health is­sues that may oc­cur where you’re go­ing and how to avoid them – Zika virus, chikun­gunya virus, yel­low fever and malaria are some ex­am­ples. Some ill­nesses are pre­ventable with vac­cines, oth­ers by avoid­ing mos­quito bites. In some places, you should not drink the tap wa­ter. Get ed­u­cated and get ready – and do so, de­pend­ing on the desti­na­tion, at least a few weeks to a few months be­fore travel, as some pro­phy­lac­tic med­i­ca­tions take time to take ef­fect. 4 Learn about the re­sources at your desti­na­tion and have a plan in case you need med­i­cal as­sis­tance. 5 Make sure to have a list of your med­i­ca­tions, doc­tors and sig­nif­i­cant med­i­cal is­sues to bring with you in case you need med­i­cal as­sis­tance. This is help­ful at home but es­sen­tial when trav­el­ling. 6 And, of course, bring things you will need – med­i­ca­tions, sun­screen, in­sect re­pel­lent; and con­sider things you may need, de­pend­ing on your health his­tory, such as anal­ge­sia, anti-nausea med­i­ca­tion and al­lergy med­i­ca­tion.

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