The wedding is over and you are now headed off on your Asia honeymoon. Like many newlyweds before you, the Asia vacation will provide a long lasting honeymoon adventure full of memorable experiences. Rich in culture and versatile terrain, as you head off into your Asia honeymoon, there are some health issues that should be addressed prior to your departure.
Ensuring your health is protected while on your Asia honeymoon should be a crucial part of your vacation planning prior to departing on the honeymoon adventure. While traveler’s diarrhea and conditions such as malaria are common in these areas of the world, newlyweds who travel to this area should also be familiar with the recommended series of vaccines that should be acquired prior to departure as, in some cases, even certificates certifying vaccine has taken place will be required by customs before entering the country.
First, be sure your vaccines for hepatitis A and B are up to date. This is especially important if you plan to travel to East Asia areas where sanitation may be a concern at some point. Also, it is important to be sure that your tetanus-diphtheria and measles boosters are all up to date.
In addition to these vaccines, newlyweds traveling to Asia should obtain the vaccine against Japanese encephalitis, especially if you plan to visit the rural areas of the country for an extended period of time. Rabies vaccine should also considered, especially if touring in areas where wildlife is present. Yellow fever as well as typhoid vaccines are also important and may even be required before the customs office will allow you to enter the country for your honeymoon. While the diseases associated with these vaccines may be rare, it is still important to obtain the vaccine to ensure your honeymoon is not adversely affected by disease and illness.
Of importance is the use of preventative drugs to control the risk of acquiring diseases such as malaria. When traveling to Asia for your honeymoon, obtain a prescription for Lariam from a healthcare professional as this drug is highly recommended especially when traveling to areas such as Cambodia or Malaysia.
While on your honeymoon in Asia, be sure to practice safety measures including the regular washing of your hands and face with clean water and antibacterial soap. Also of concern is the consumption of dairy products in this region as they may be unpasteurized which can also lead to illness while vacationing.
Most travelers to the region know to consume only bottled water. However, it is also important to be sure you do not consume or gain exposure to ice cubes as these, in most cases, are made from tap water in the region. Additionally, avoid swimming in areas where fresh water is present; limit swimming to salt water.
Upon returning from your Asia honeymoon, be sure to visit with a healthcare professional for screening into health complications such as malaria and other diseases associated with the region in which you may have traveled. This is important as medications used to prevent the outbreak of malaria may need to be continued for up to four weeks following your return from your honeymoon.
As with any international honeymoon destination, the continent of Asia offers a unique adventure in a very versatile terrain. To ensure both you and your spouse are protected on your adventurous honeymoon, be sure to follow these simple travel recommendations before, during and after your honeymoon vacation.