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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Medicine


Prevention

  • I am planning a lengthy trip abroad. Do I need to be vaccinated against any diseases?
    There are many travel destinations for which it is sensible to vaccinate yourself against specific diseases - in some countries it is even obligatory. Consult your GP, a tropical medicine specialist or the appropriate medical advisory centre. Vaccinations are one of the most important preventative measures that you can take before embarking on your journey. For this reason, all of Rega's flight crews are properly vaccinated!

    It is a fact that in tropical and sub-tropical countries, even small injuries can quickly lead to major complications. One of the most feared is tetanus. By being vaccinated before you leave, you can prevent yourself from contracting this often fatal disease - and also avoid the difficulties involved in subsequently arranging for the appropriate protection while you are abroad.

    Another disease that is particularly widespread in developing countries is Hepatitis A. This is transmitted by, among other things, unhygienically prepared food and drink. This disease, too, can be avoided by getting vaccinated before your journey.

    A list of vaccinations recommended for travellers depending on their destination can be found, among others, at www.safetravel.ch.

    A list of specialists in tropical and travel medicine can be found at www.doctor.ch.

    The following medical centres, among others, also offer competent advice and vaccinations:

     

  • How can I prevent getting malaria?
    Malaria kills around one million people every year! This illness, which is transmitted by a specific species of mosquito, should be taken extremely seriously. The symptoms are often rather vague and non-characteristic. If malaria goes unrecognised, this could lead in the worst case to the brain being afflicted, resulting in death within a matter of just a few hours.

    For this reason, rigorous prevention is extremely important. Malaria prophylaxis comprises three main pillars:

    1.) Personal exposure prophylaxis - No mosquito bite, no malaria!
    If you are travelling in a known malaria-endemic area, take steps to protect yourself
    from being bitten by mosquitoes. They are active above all between dusk and dawn. Wear light-coloured clothing, including tops with long sleeves and long trousers. Use special mosquito repellent sprays and if possible always sleep under a mosquito net.

    2.) Stand-by emergency treatment (antimalarial drugs for self-administration)
    In certain cases, your doctor will prescribe you a so-called stand-by emergency treatment kit. This allows you to treat suspected malaria as soon as the symptoms become apparent, if you are not able to obtain professional medical care within reasonable amount of time (6-12 hours). Subsequently, you should consult a doctor as quickly as possible. The medication should be taken exactly as described and the treatment course must always be completed.

    3.) Medicinal prophylaxis (prevention)
    Here, anti-malarial drugs are regularly taken before, during and for a certain period after the trip to a malaria-endemic area. This drug regime is recommended in certain areas, for example Africa.

    Make sure that you obtain your antimalarial medication in Switzerland and take it with you on your travels; you should avoid purchasing it on location, as unfortunately ineffective, counterfeit drugs are frequently sold in such countries.

    You can find further information about the malaria risk in the various parts of the world at www.safetravel.ch.

    A list of specialists in tropical and travel medicine can be found at www.doctor.ch.

    The following medical centres, among others, also offer competent advice and vaccinations:

     

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