Summertime: Preventing Marine Injuries

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Are you on vacation and intend to spend some time at the beach this summer? Well, before you pack and go, you should read this article because it can help you and your loved ones stay safe this summer at the coast.

Summertime is the ideal time of year for you to spend lots of time outdoors, on vacation. It’s the time your kids aren’t in school, and you want to have fun and adventure. The beach is one of the ideal locations to spend your time and enjoy your summer; however it can pose some risks, like being stung or bitten by marine creatures.

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As a parent or guardian, you ought to know some of the common maritime injuries that you or your loved ones can be exposed to when you go to the beach. Having this knowledge can help you to identify and prevent potential risks or injuries this summer.

The most important method of preventing marine injuries is through education combined with proper supervision – preparation and attention to planning of your activities in the water during the whole summer season means that most of the maritime injuries are preventable. Accidental contact with an animal, for instance when you encounter a jellyfish while swimming, is just one example of a maritime injury. Many water animals either bite or sting as a form of defence mechanism when they feel in danger or with hunting behaviours.

If you intend to have your vacation abroad, do make use of travel medicine specialists – this is a branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis, management and prevention of illness and injuries to international travellers. Better still, you can visit a travel clinic before you fly overseas. A travel clinic is a medical clinic where the main focus is on providing preventive medical attention like vaccinations or travel health advice to international travellers.The following are some precautionary steps to take to ensure that your trip is safe this summer.

Travel Medicine
If you are planning to have your vacation overseas, before you travel, ensure you visit a travel medicine clinic near you for consultation, advice and counselling.

A travel medicine provider will be able to determine the potential risks of your itinerary and advise you on the kind of vaccinations you should have before you leave the country. (Vaccination is the process of inoculation of an antigen to stimulate a person’s immune system against a particular pathogen). The advice from a travel medicine specialist is based on current recommendations and conditions at your destination; epidemiology, transmission and prevention of travel-related infectious diseases, together with international vaccination procedures, are all taken into account.

Included in the advice you will get from a travel medicine expert are the appropriate vaccines against preventable illnesses, insects to avoid, preventative measures and simple self-treatment in case you contract travellers’ diarrhoea.

Travel Clinics
Are you planning to take an international trip this summer? Before you travel, ensure that you visit a travel clinic where you can get travel vaccinations/immunisations such as yellow fever. You can also receive travel education and any relevant medications before you leave, especially if you are visiting tropical and developing countries.
The travel consultation will include the provision of travel health accessories that are recommended for your trip, such as mosquito repellents/nets, what to include in your first aid kit, water purifiers and much more.

Any vaccines you receive can be written into your individual vaccination booklet, including an international certificate for yellow fever if required. You can also get informative handouts and pamphlets that provides you with a wide range of useful travel information.

Vaccination
Before you board that plane abroad for your vacation this summer, ensure that you get a current tetanus vaccination or a booster vaccination if you have not had one in the past 5 -10 years. Get your vaccination from a travel clinic near you.

Travel vaccination is important for you and your family because of the increased risk of sickness while you are travelling. Some of the vaccinations which can be provided include yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, rabies, tetanus, typhoid, polio, hepatitis A and B, to name a few.

You can get a travel vaccination either from a travel clinic or travel medicine provider near you. You should get your vaccinations between 4 – 6 weeks before your travel date.

Travelvax Pty Ltd
1/85 O’Riordan St, Alexandria NSW 2015, Australia
Phone: +61 3 0036 0164

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