Safe travel tips - Pacific Islands edition
Visiting friends or family in the Pacific Islands this holidays? Don't ruin the reunion by getting sick!
Your body's resistance changes when you move or leave your country of origin.
This means travellers visiting friends and relatives in the Pacific Islands should be extra careful when heading back. When you return home to the islands for a holiday, you may be more at risk of certain illnesses than you were in the past.
Prevention is best when it comes to infectious diseases.
Here are some safe travel tips:
Mosquitos that commonly spread dengue fever bite in the day. Make sure you use insect repellant containing DEET*
Water should be bottled or boiled even for brushing teeth.
Wash fruit in safe water and remember peeled fruit is best.
Freshly cooked hot food is best. Be aware of raw seafood as this can be unsafe to eat.
Get vaccinated. Find out from your doctor what you might need before your trip.
Information above from the Auckland Public Health Service
For more information search www.safetravel.govt.nz/health-and-travel