When visiting a foreign country for the first time, one of the main concerns is staying healthy. What do you do if you get ill? Do you need any pre-trip vaccinations? Are there any foods or drinks you should avoid? Here are a few handy tips which will help you answer all of these questions prior to booking your Havana holiday rental.
Check which vaccinations you need
Each country has a list of vaccinations that foreign nationals are recommended to have prior to their visit, and Cuba is no different. First, ensure your routine vaccinations are up to date (e.g., the MMR vaccine, tetanus, chickenpox, and even your annual flu shot).
Although rare, it is recommended that travellers to Cuba acquire a Typhoid vaccine. This disease is present in contaminated food and water, so it is particularly helpful to have this if you are an adventurous diner or staying in rural areas. Another recommendation is the Hepatitis A vaccine which is also transmitted via contaminated food or water. Ask your doctor prior to your visit what you will need. Allow 6 to 8 weeks prior to your visit to ensure all of your vaccinations are up to date.
Preventing bug bites
Although typically not life threatening, bug bites can quash your holiday enjoyment. There is nothing worse than sitting by the pool in your luxury villa rental in the Caribbean, being bitten by a combination of mosquitos, ticks, or fleas. It’s uncomfortable but preventable with the right amount of preparation.
Start by covering any exposed parts of the skin by wearing long sleeved shirts or blouses, hats, and trousers when walking in remote areas. Use an insect repellent that contains more than 20% DEET if you need protection to last for several hours. Stay in air-conditioned rooms or rooms with screens to prevent bugs from coming inside, or sleep inside a bed net if it helps.
If you find you have been bitten, avoid scratching at this irritates the area more. Apply some calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream to reduce the itch and swelling. It’s always handy to have both of these in your first aid kit when travelling to a tropical environment.
Although it is highly unlikely that you will encounter any of these while safely ensconced in your Cuba accommodation, these are merely precautions you can heed if travelling to rainforests and more rural environments. Try to ensure you have some of these points covered and you will enjoy your holiday without having to give bug bites and upsets a second thought.
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