Marine Lorphelin advises you before leaving

Should you consult your doctor before going on vacation? Not necessarily, but I advise you to do it. It is always good to see your doctor once a year, and why not before going on vacation, to check your general health. He can also prescribe treatments if necessary and above all update your vaccinations! In particular, the tetanus vaccine that protects you in the event of a dirty wound and that must be repeated periodically.

On the other hand, I strongly recommend that you consult if you are pregnant, have small children or take regular treatment. Sometimes we get patients at the last minute because their prescription has expired, so think about it!

Is there a medicine cabinet to prepare? There is no use overloading yourself with medication if you go to France where you will always find a nearby pharmacy. But it is true that if you go abroad, I advise you to take some basic tools and medicines, for yourself or for your children: enough to make bandages with disinfectant, compresses, scissors, tweezers to remove hair… have paracetamol in case of pain or fever as well as some treatments in case of digestive disorders such as antidiarrheal and antiemetic.

Also think about mosquito repellent, choose a suitable product for each member of the family. And finally, although it seems obvious, do not forget sunscreen with full UVA UVB protection.

and for a pregnant woman ? Do you need to take any special precautions? A pregnant woman should consult her doctor, gynecologist or midwife before any extended stay for advice. We know that traveling after 8 months of pregnancy is risky. In addition, airlines reject pregnant women over 36 weeks of amenorrhea. In any case, it is better to avoid abroad, where the risks of infection are higher, and prefer a destination close to home in case of emergency.

As for long trips, they are easily complicated, with venous insufficiency with the appearance of edema in the lower limbs, the legs swell due to excess water, more so in pregnant women and in case of significant heat. In these cases, compression stockings will be your best allies.

If we go on a trip abroad, how do we know which vaccine we should get? You will find a lot of practical information about the health risks of the country you are visiting on the Institut Pasteur website. Precautionary instructions, high-risk areas, malaria, and any vaccinations required to enter certain countries. You have to know how to anticipate these vaccines that are only carried out in international vaccination centers with an injection deadline to respect. The list of centers is available online at

I’ll give you some examples: the hepatitis A vaccine is generally recommended in countries where hygiene is poor; the yellow fever vaccine is recommended or even mandatory in certain intertropical countries of Latin America or Africa, it is administered in a single dose at least 10 days before departure.

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