Myanmar is a beautiful country with numerous temples. When planning our trip we may get carried away with the places we must visit and leave aside any health measures we may need to take. It is important to know what vaccines you should get before traveling and to be aware of the present diseases in Myanmar.
Present Diseases: -Malaria: Take anti-malarial drugs before traveling. -Japanese Encephalitis: You may get vaccine to prevent this disease. -Dengue: -Hepatitis A & E: You can get Hepatitis through contaminated water. -Cholera: -Influenza: Flu shot recommended -Polio: Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) is recommended. Most of us never received an additional dose of polio as an adult. -Typhoid: You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water. -Yellow Fever: If you are entering the country from an endemic area you are required to present a yellow fever certificate.
Routine Immunizations: tetanus-diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (chicken pox). Note: ADACEL is a new tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) vaccine that not only gives you immunity against diphtheria and tetanus, but also against pertussis (whooping cough) which is also considered a serious disease.
Medical Kit: When traveling to Myanmar I suggest you pack your own medical kit with all the basic necessary medicines. You don’t know what you may or may not find in local stores. I also suggest you bring along any antibiotics or medications you take regularly, properly labeled and enough to last for the duration of the trip. It’s smart to pack as well antibiotics to treat diarrhea or other infections. In Myanmar’s local pharmacies you may find medicines that do not have very reliable quality or you may not find the equivalent drugs. It’s best to try to bring the most you can from home to ensure you will have all the necessary medicines you may need during your stay in Myanmar.
Myanmar Tips to Stay Healthy:
1- Wash your hands often: When traveling we are constantly exposed to germs. Pretty much everything we do when traveling is constantly being in touch with germs. Be sure to carry with you an anti-bacterial hand gel in case you don’t have access to soap or a sink to wash your hands in.
2- Eat very well cooked food: You never know where the food you are eating has been. You don’t know if it has been properly refrigerated or properly manipulated. If you eat well-cooked food, any possible bacteria will be killed with the high temperatures when being cooked.
3- Drink Bottled Water: You will never be certain if the water locals offer you has been purified or if the ice drinks contain has been made with tap water. If you’re uncertain where the water you are offered comes from stick to bottled water.
4- Peel Fruits and Vegetables: Try to eat fruits and vegetables that can be peeled. Apples can be peeled and this is great to avoid getting sick. When traveling, I would constantly eat apples and bananas to give my body vitamins and nutrients to keep me going. You may probably crave other fruits. The important thing to remember is to always try to eat fruits and vegetables you can peel such as: apples, bananas, carrots, avocados, oranges, papayas, etc. And avoid lettuce or veggies with skin such as tomatoes.