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Doctors advise pre-travel check-ups and flu vaccinations before Eid Al Fitr travel in the UAE.

Health experts emphasize the importance of families ensuring they have a sufficient supply of their prescribed medications before embarking on their travels.

by Jamsheera
Flu vaccine before travel

UAE doctors recommend scheduling appointments with pediatricians before confirming Eid Al Fitr travel, especially if children have been recently ill. They stress the need for all family members, not just children, to be current with flu vaccinations.

Dr. Alaa Zedan, Internal Medicine Specialist at Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery in Dubai, emphasizes the importance of extra preparation and vigilance when traveling with children, especially if they have recently been ill or are prone to common illnesses like the flu. He advises maintaining a flexible schedule, managing expectations, and incorporating downtime for relaxation. Dr. Zedan suggests scheduling a check-up with your child’s pediatrician before finalizing travel plans.

Dr. Zedan further advised that during travel, families should take proactive steps to avoid close contact with visibly ill individuals, such as those coughing or sneezing.

“While it may be difficult in crowded areas, maintaining a safe distance is crucial for preventive measures to minimize the risk of transmission,” he said. Dr. Zedan emphasized the importance of ensuring that all family members, not just children, are up-to-date with flu vaccinations.

“Additionally, prioritize keeping your children well-hydrated, especially if you’re traveling to a warmer climate. Pack healthy snacks rich in vitamins and minerals to support their immune systems,” he added.

The doctors emphasized the importance of being prepared and adaptable when traveling with children, especially in light of recent illnesses such as the ongoing flu season.

“It’s crucial to familiarize yourself with the destination by researching any specific health risks associated with the area,” he said. “This includes not only infectious diseases but also environmental factors like air quality and altitude, which can have an impact on children, especially those with respiratory conditions.”

Maintain sleep patterns

Medics recommend that if individuals are crossing time zones, they should attempt to adjust their sleep patterns to match their destination zone a few days prior to departure.

Dr. Deepa Paul advised, “Given the altered sleep patterns during Ramadan, it’s important to ensure you get a solid eight hours of sleep before your travel, especially for long-distance car journeys. You can also steer clear of caffeine and expose yourself to sunlight as soon as possible upon reaching your destination.”

She further added, “Avoid spicy, unhealthy oily foods, salty snacks, and alcohol during your trip, particularly on lengthy journeys. Opt for fresh fruits instead of tap water for hydration while traveling. Ensure adequate hydration by drinking plenty of water.”

Keep prescriptions handy

Healthcare professionals stressed the importance of families having a sufficient supply of their prescription and allergy medications if there’s a history of allergic reactions before embarking on travels.

Dr. Mahir Khalil Ibrahim Jallo, Clinical Professor and Senior Consultant of Internal Medicine at Thumbay University Hospital, highlighted, “It’s crucial to pack a travel health kit containing prescription drugs for any ongoing medical conditions, along with essential medications like cough suppressants and fever reducers. Families should also be mindful of potential health issues that may arise during travel, such as motion sickness, food-borne infections, and exposure to infections in crowded areas.”

Keep insulin dosage in handbags

They emphasized that these risks can be mitigated by taking necessary precautions, such as carrying motion sickness medication and practicing proper food handling and hygiene techniques.

“Individuals traveling between time zones, particularly those requiring insulin, may need to adjust their dosage. This necessitates a pre-trip consultation with a healthcare professional and ensuring an adequate supply of chronic medication. It’s essential to carry these medications in handbags rather than checked-in luggage,” noted Dr. Jallo. “Furthermore, individuals with heart or lung conditions should consult their doctor regarding potential difficulties arising from low oxygen and air pressure during flights.”

Dr. Jallo concluded, “By addressing these considerations and taking proactive measures to protect their health, families can enjoy a smooth and stress-free Eid holiday travel experience.”

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