1. Visit a travel doctor
International trips mean exposure to unfamiliar ailments. Dr. Gio Miletto, a medical director at the B.C.-wide clinic network of Travel Medicine and Vaccination Centres, advises travellers to make an appointment with a travel doctor before embarking on a foreign journey, to receive necessary immunizations and learn about the health risks of the region you are visiting. Some of the most common immunizations are for traveller’s diarrhea, hepatitis A and B, typhoid, yellow fever and sometimes even rabies. Schedule an appointment as far in advance of your trip as possible in case the necessary immunizations require more than one shot.