Travel to Europe – Is There Danger During This Time of Year?

Travel to Europe is one of the greatest vacation experiences you can give yourself. It will take some planning and preparation on your part, but it is worth the effort. Many Americans have long been waiting for the summer and fall to see the flu deadening and closing down, but the global seasonal flu outbreak has thrown a monkey wrench into the works. Now, many travelers must brace themselves for possible travel to Europe during the upcoming months. How can you ensure that your travels to Europe will be safe and successful? Here are some tips:

-CDC recommends that all un vaccinated travelers get tested for shigellosis. If you have not had a flu shot or been exposed to the rotavirus since childhood, you may be exposing yourself and others to the deadly strain of the virus. This is particularly important if traveling to Europe as most public hospitals in Europe do not offer special vaccines for shigellosis. Therefore, cdc recommends all un vaccinated travelers be tested for shigellosis no matter where you travel to Europe.

-CRC recommendations that all travelers should be screened for any parasites are: whip worm, hookworm, ehrlichiosis, cysticercosis, lice, and tapeworms. In addition to being examined for parasites, those traveling to these countries should also be examined for possible health issues that could threaten their travel to Europe. These include epilepsy, meningitis, epilepsy, acquired immune system disease, meningitis, tuberculosis, traveler’s diarrhea, traveler’s pulmonary syndrome, mononucleosis, and other illness that might prevent an individual from traveling to these countries.

-A case of acute flaccid paralysis is one of the newest additions to the list of diseases that can prevent pandemic travelers from traveling to Europe. This paralyzing illness is caused by a strain of bacteria called Listeria that is found commonly in rodents. It is typically spread to humans through a contaminated food or water supply. The risk of contracting listeria increases if the individual travels to an area with high levels of microorganisms or if they engage in unhygienic hygiene. All susceptible individuals should be vaccinated against this strain of bacteria to prevent pandemic outbreaks.

-Lactose intolerance is another risk factor that should be considered when planning a trip to Europe. Approximately one third of the world’s population is lactose intolerant, and approximately half of the world’s population is not able to tolerate lactose well enough to consume food made from milk. Therefore, individuals who are at risk for developing lactose intolerance while traveling to Europe should obtain a diagnosis from a licensed healthcare provider before scheduling travel to any of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey.

– Hepatitis is another preventable illness that could impact individuals traveling to Europe. Approximately 21 million people in the European region are known to be infected annually with hepatitis B, and approximately one third of these individuals will contract hepatitis C. An increase in hepatitis cases has been noted in the past few years among US travelers to european destinations. An increasing number of travel medicine specialists are advising their US patients to consider hepatitis immunizations prior to departure in order to minimize the risks associated with visiting some of the more vulnerable european countries, such as Finland. Individuals travelling to the European continent who have had previous exposure to hepatitis C virus should also be tested if they plan to travel to any of the countries in the region.

– Viral diseases pose a serious threat to travelers to the European continent. Several viruses have the ability to spread quickly and easily between humans, as well as animals and plants. Among the most contagious viruses is the Swine flu, which was responsible for the deadly outbreak of swine flu in 2021. Since the virus remains contagious even after recovery, it is important for travellers to be knowledgeable about the dangers associated with various trans-respiratory and fecal borne infections. Travel to Europe can be particularly dangerous during the months of May through September due to high rates of reported cases of infection with virus related to the recently diagnosed swine flu strain.

While the above dangers may discourage some american travelers to travel to Europe, there are measures available to reduce the likelihood of encountering any potentially dangerous situations. One of the best protections against the risk of travel sickness is to prepare for emergencies by learning about the prevention methods that are recommended by healthcare professionals. Some of these prevention methods may be inapplicable for the type of travel to Europe that is planned. For example, medical professionals recommend that travelers who travel to the EU avoid public mass gatherings because there is a risk that infected individuals may be hanging around crowded places, or be passing through security checkpoints to go from one country to another.