Health Risk Levels
Risk level II for the Caribbean Islands



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Health Risk Levels for Caribbean Travel

 

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This page identifies the travel health risk-levels and steps to take in preparation for a visit to the Caribbean. Suggestions on Health Kit items to bring with you, doctor's advice and possible immunization measures to take.

Health Risk Levels

Risk Level I
Risk Level II - Caribbean
Risk Level III

Preparations

Bring a Health Kit
Consult a Physician
Educate Yourself

 

Risk Level I

Countries at Risk Level I enjoy advanced standards of health. For the most part you can travel to these countries without making more than basic preparations.

Examples of typical Level I countries are: the United States, northern Europe, Canada, Australia and the urban part of Japan. Thanks to great strides in public health, many common diseases have been eliminated in Level I Risk countries. Maintaining a sanitary water supply is not a problem.

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Risk Level II

Generally in Risk Level II countries, satisfactory health standards prevail. Extra precautions need to be taken, however, to guard against food and waterborne illnesses. A traveler to Level II Risk countries may come into contact with insects and parasites not normally found in the United States. They may also come in contact with diseases that they may not normally be exposed to. Rural areas of some countries may have problems maintaining a sanitary water supply.

Typical Category II countries include most of the Caribbean islands and non-tropical South America, parts of the Mediterranean, eastern Europe and the developed parts of Asia.

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Risk Level III

Travel to Level III risk countries have the highest health risks. More common are diseases from insects and parasites. Contamination risks from food and water are also higher. Precautionary measures need to be more aggressive. Generally, undeveloped and underdeveloped countries with poor or unpredictable standards of sanitation and hygiene are the most risk to travelers.

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Health Kit and other Necessities you may need to bring with you when visiting Level II type countries.

 

antacids
pain relievers
diarrhea medication
antihistamine
decongestant,
antibiotic ointment
thermometer
bandages,
cotton swabs
gauze pads
disinfectant soap
antibiotics
flea powder

 

mosquito net,
mosquito coils or tablets
insect repellent
bulb syringe
sunscreen
moleskin
safety pins
lip balm.
birth control,
sanitary items,
replacement eyeglasses
water purifying tablets motion-sickness medicine

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Consult A Physician

Ask about health risk in the country you are visiting. Find out what common diseases there are. Determine what insects are there and what could happen if you are bitten? Determine if you can protect yourself from insect bites?

Oral antimalaria medication is extremely effective. An additional measure is to use an insect repellent since malaria is transmitted by mosquitoes. yellow fever can be preventeed with a vacine and there are bvacines for hepetitisb A and B, tetanus, diptheria, and typhoid.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other public agencies have guidelines and health information for international travelers.


Educate Yourself

Travelers should seek medical advice 4 to 6 weeks before they depart for their travel to allow adequate time for immunization if needed. This process of building up immunity takes time so it is important to allow time before you travel. Immunize yourself to those diseases found in that country. Your doctor should advise you accordingly. and be aware of all the current diseases and outbreaks for the destination you plan to visit.

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