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Health safety tips for travelers to Dominican Republic

Health safety tips for travelers to Dominican Republic

Last Reviewed : 12/30/2020
Health safety tips for travelers to Dominican Republic

If you plan to travel to the Dominican Republic soon, you will find this guide very useful. The reason is that this piece contains relevant health information that you need to visit the South American country and return to your base without contracting one strange ailment or another. Although your purpose of travel is unknown to us, it is safe to state here that you wish to have a hitch-free visit to the tropical destination. Because we are on the same page, you will definitely need the tips in this guide. That being said, let’s kick off this journey right away!

What to Expect                     

This article is discussed under the following sections:

  1. Vaccinations: The vaccinations that should be taken before traveling to Dominican Republic are

 

  1. Hepatitis A vaccination: It is recommended to most of the travelers. Hepatitis A spreads by feco-oral route and is known to cause infection among people those who live in standard itineraries and accommodations.
  2. Hepatitis B: It is recommended to most of the travelers, especially to the ones those who are at risk of exposure to body fluids (unprotected sex, injection drug use and contaminated transfusions, exposure to human blood, contaminated tattoo and piercing equipment).
  3. Typhoid vaccination: Similarly, typhoid vaccination is recommended to most travelers, especially those who are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities and villages. Others who need typhoid vaccination include those visiting rural areas where exposure might occur through food or water or those prone to "adventurous eating"
  4. Rabies: Rabies is one of the dangerous infections found in Dominican Republic. Pre-exposure prophylaxis is indicated in the following individuals:
  1. Travelers involved in outdoor activities
  2. Activities that require being in close contact with animals (rabid dogs)
  3. Occupational exposure like veterinarians
  4. Children.

 

  1. Vector-borne diseases:  Vector-borne diseases are a threat everywhere. Traveler’s kit should consist of antimalarial drugs and mosquito repellents. Dengue is also a common infection seen among people living in urban and residential areas. It is the leading cause of febrile illness among travelers returning from the Caribbean, South America, and South and Southeast Asia.

 

  1. General Instructions: These are general instructions you should keep at the back of your mind:
  1. Pregnant women should never travel to Dominican Republic because the risk of acquiring Zika is high
  2. Avoid cooked food (served at room temperature), ice (unless made from bottled/disinfected water) and raw food (unless they can be washed thoroughly)
  3. Drink only beverages from sealed bottles or cans
  4. Cover exposed skin and use an appropriate insect repellent
  5. Stay and sleep in air-conditioned or screened rooms
  6. Use a bed net if the sleeping area is exposed to the outdoors
  7. Staying hydrated, drink only purified water and dink only from sealed bottles
  8.  Avoid overexposure to the sun
  9. Practicing safe swimming habits (Avoid drinking of swimming pool water)
  10. Travelers should avoid touching, petting, handling, or feeding animals, including pets
  11. Reduce your exposure to germs
  12. Use a latex condom correctly every time you engage in sex (vaginal, anal, and oral-genital).
  13. Do not inject drugs, not have tattoos, piercings, or other procedures that use needles (acupuncture) unless the needles are packaged new or sterilized
  14. Abstain from alcohol consumption
  15. Choose safe vehicles and avoid motorbikes when possible
  16. Wear a seatbelt or a helmet at all times
  17. Do not drive after drinking alcohol or ride with someone who has been drinking
  18. Avoid driving at night.

 

Final Notes

 

Just before you get on that flight to the Dominican Republic, keep in mind that you are leaving some special people behind. These could be family members, friends, colleagues, etc. The fact of the matter is, they really love you and would want to see you return safely to them. Well, staying safe while on business trip or vacation in the Dominican Republic is possible as you have learned in this guide. To make this guide easy to understand, all the precautionary measures you should take are broadly categorized into Vaccinations, Vector-borne diseases and General Instructions. Indeed, we have done our bit by sharing with you some vital information you must have to keep yourself safe. Make no mistake about it, you are responsible for your own safety. So you should do your bit by ensuring that you take the instructions seriously.

 

 

Reference  

Health information for travelers to Dominican Republic.  https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/clinician/none/dominican-republic?s_cid=ncezid-dgmq-travel-single-002

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