Before you go, there are a few health related things that you should look in to. This list includes some of the most important aspects, however common sense is always king so try to sit down and think about what situations you may get in to and what medical supplies, training or knowledge you may need before you go.
Here are a few things to think about before you head off:
Which vaccines will you need before you go? Will you need to take them a certain amount of time before departure? Check with your doctor.
How is the local health care system? Is the public health care good or may you, in case of emergency, need to seek private health care? Where will your nearest hospital be? Find out local emergency numbers before you go.
Is health care free (for foreigners)?
If you are volunteering within Europe get a European Health Insurance Card, it will give you free or discounted health care.
Will your current health insurance cover medical costs when abroad? Some will only cover you for a certain amount of time, will you be abroad outwith that time?
Do you have any allergies or other health issues? Will you be able to get your medication when abroad?
Those are some of the most important and basic things to check before you go. For more detailed advice, please read the other Health pages and/or the FCO website.
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