My wife and I decided (literaly two days ago) to holiday in Hurghada last minute so won't have time to get any jabs before we leave this Friday. Is this likely to be a problem? Can you offer any hints or tips to stay healthy?
Andy, Hurghada is a well-established, well-serviced resort catering to international visitors, it's not exactly 'roughing it' so the chance you'll be exposed to some of North Africa's nastier diseases is extremely low. As long as your 'regular' shots are up to date (the ones most westerners have as a matter of course) you should be okay. The pharmacies in Hurghada are of a pretty high standard and most speak a bit of English, so you can get some advice if you have a minor ailment. I understand most of the hotels and resorts have in-house doctor services for more serious cases. Of course you have travel insurance, right? If you get sickAT ALL you should call the assistance line number and they'll be able to advise you on the best course of action. They'll even arrange medical help to come to you if that's necessary. The great thing about WorldNomads.com insurance is that you can take out cover even if you have commenced your trip (make sure you read the policy and the pds).
As always the most likely illness you'll get is traveller's diarrhoea.... just about everyone gets it, it's just the 'change' of water. It's only a real health problem if it's acute or chronic. Have a look at these tips from the safety hub; http://journals.worldnomads.com/safetyhub/story/32899/Worldwide/Travelers-Diarrhea-Health-Tips
Enjoy the trip. Phil almost 9 years ago
Yeah, been there with no innoculations & had no probs. The biggest danger is food poisoning and tummy upset. Use bottled water to wash your teeth and rinsing your mouth out. Really when other people are preparing your food you don't know what they've been up to, like washing fruit & salad with tap water & this goes for upmarket hotels too. Best bring medication with you to counteract tummy upsets or food poisoning just incase. almost 9 years ago
There area good health services in Hurghada however, as in many countries you may well get a tummy bug in Egypt. One of the causes, apart from food, is dehydration - simply not drinking enough water. As it is the summer season and temperatures are very high there make sure you drink LOTS of water. There is also a great medicine for stomach upsets that seems to work particularly in Egypt called Antinal and you can buy it everywhere. It seems to be more effective than the usual things we might take from home. But I wouldn't worry about not having your shots. I agree with Phil though, you could have started some courses and probably should have talked to your doctor.... Good advice for anyone else :-) almost 9 years ago