Being caught in sickness while traveling may be the last thing you’ll be thinking of when you are planning your vacation trip. However, thinking beforehand and taking steps to make sure you are protected from harm or catastrophe is much better than disregarding it – and later, not knowing what to do in case you get sick. It is common sense that an ounce of prevention is much better than a pound of cure. Indeed, while this old adage sounds silly to some, this isn’t so silly if it concerns your travel health. Maintaining good health in Taoyuan can be achieved by knowing proper guidelines on the immunizations required, common diseases, medical insurance as well as road safety. Below are some tips to keep you in good shape while traveling to Taoyuan County.
Before entering the country, yellow fever vaccination is required for travelers coming from yellow-fever infected areas. Other recommended immunizations for tourists include Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Japanese encephalitis, Hepatitis B, MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) and tetanus-diphtheria.
On the other hand, dengue fever (DF) is still a major risk for your health in Taoyuan, and it can be transmitted via the bite of an infected mosquito. Common signs of DF include high-grade fever, muscle and joint pains, rear eye socket pain and rashes appearing within 3 to 4 days after onset of fever. While being bitten by mosquitoes in Taoyuan can be unavoidable, you can bring down risk by applying mosquito repellant/spray on skin and clothes, and using mosquito net during sleep, which are the ideal ways to prevent dengue fever.
In general, always bring sufficient supplies of all necessary medications and pack it inside your hand luggage as well as a duplicate supply on your checked luggage. Take proper measures in preventing motion sickness or jet lag. If you have chronic medical problems or significant allergies, do not forget to wear a medical bracelet and always bring an extra pair of contact lenses or glasses when traveling.
Ensure you are adequately covered by your medical insurance in cases of medical emergencies abroad. If not, a supplemental insurance for health coverage overseas should be seriously taken into account. Getting sick abroad may cost tens of thousands of dollars for medical expenses and as such, better bring your claim forms, insurance card and other pertinent insurance documents. Prior to your departure, find out if your insurance plan will directly cover you or reimburse you for overseas medical expenditures.
Avoid contact with stray animals like dogs and cats. If bitten or scratched by an animal, clean the wound with running water and soap and go to the nearest health authorities immediately. Wear sun block if needed. Ride only in vehicles with seatbelts and use protective gear and a helmet when riding scooters or motorcycles.
To keep your health in Taoyuan protected, several medical facilities and centers in Taoyuan County are available that are classified into community hospitals, district hospital and medical centers. The most popular medical center in Taoyuan is the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, which consists of Linkou Hospital and Rehabilitation Hospital & Nursing Home.