Any sensible traveler should know that one should always consider safety and health when traveling to foreign countries. So, it is wise to think about your health in Tainan when you’re planning on visiting the city. Seeing your physician and getting a comprehensive travel medical insurance are just some of the things that you can do to make sure you get a trouble-free vacation in Tainan, a historical city in Taiwan.
Like highly developed cities in Asia, there are few health risks in Tainan. In fact, you may observe health precautions similar to those you would when traveling to the US. Still, you should consult your physician for inoculations and vaccines for a Taiwan travel as your physician would know your medical and immunization history as well as risks in the activities you plan to do and places you plan to visit.
So see your physician at least four to eight weeks before your scheduled travel to give time for the vaccinations to take effect before your departure. Some of the recommended vaccinations you should have for traveling in Tainan include the following:
- Hepatitis A
- Yellow Fever
- Japanese Encephalitis
- Hepatitis B
- MMR or Measles, Mumps and Rubella
Recently, a dengue outbreak cropped up in Taiwan, so you should also be careful about mosquitoes and make sure you apply mosquito repellant lotions every time you go out, especially if you’re going to visit an area with lots of vegetation and undergrowth. Also, visit the local hospital immediately for fever that continues for more than three days. Following are some of the best hospitals in Tainan with English staff and doctors who speak English.
- Father Fox Memorial Hospital. Located at 901 Chunghua Road, Yungkang City, Tainan Hsien, Taiwan. Tel number: (06) 252-1176
- National Cheng Kung University Hospital. Located at 138 Shing Li Road, Tainan, Taiwan. Tel number: (06) 220-0055
- Taiwan Provincial Tainan Hospital. Located at 125 Chungshan Road, Tainan, Taiwan. Tel number: (06) 223-5753
If you are under any medication, be sure to bring enough supply to last your whole trip. Label all your medications and bring the prescription order for them. Also, always carry with you doctors special instructions (if you have one) in cases of emergency.
For all other medicines you may need, like medicine for diarrhea, flu, cold and other common sickness, they are available over-the-counter at the many pharmacies and drugstores you’ll find in Tainan. If you have allergies for certain medication, it won’t hurt to bring your own medicine with you, even for regular illnesses like those mentioned.
Finally, because Tainan has lots of sunshine, don’t forget to pack an SPF lotion that you can use when you’re going out in the middle of the day or when the sun is shining high. Taking care of your health in Tainan isn’t limited to arming yourself with medical information and stuffing your bags with medicines. After all, feeling healthy and looking beautiful are all important ingredients to a wonderful and unforgettable Tainan vacation.