Your risks while in Greece, concerning your health Don't let them spoil your happiness..
Some travellers need also to ask their doctor before travelling for
- Hepatitis A outbreaks , which occur throughout the world and sometimes in countries with a low risk for hepatitis A. You can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Greece, according to the US CDC so talk to your doctor to see if the hepatitis A vaccine is right for you.
- Hepatitis B which you can get through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood products, so it is recommended to be vaccinated if you might have sex with a new partner, get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical proceduresO
Eat and Drink Safely
Food and water standards in Greece are similar to those in Europe and the United States. Most travelers do not need to take special food or water precautions beyond what they normally do at home
Food and drinks served on board cruise ships are generally safe. However, be careful about what you eat and drink at ports of call
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Although Greece is an industrialized country, THERE ARE CASES OF ENDEMIC MALARIA during the last years in several areas of the country and also, and also WEST NILE VIRUS has caused some hundreds of INFECTIONS AND DEATHS since 2009.
- Bug bites here can still spread diseases.
Just as you would do to protect yourself wherever your residence is, try to avoid any bites while spending time outside or in wooded areas.
What can I do to prevent mosquito and bug bites?
- Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats.
- Use an appropriate insect repellent (see below).
- Consider using permethrin-treated clothing and gear if spending a lot of time outside. Do not use permethrin directly on skin
- FOR PROTECTION AGAINST TICKS AND MOSQUITOES:Use a repellent that contains 20% or more DEETfor protection that lasts up to several hours.
- FOR PROTECTION AGAINST MOSQUITOES ONLY:Products with one of the following active ingredients can also help prevent mosquito bites. Higher percentages of active ingredient provide longer protection.
- Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin)
- Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or PMD
- Always use insect repellent as directed.
Registration of Traveler Emergency Contact and Itinerary Information
CDC, ATLANTA US
Several airlines have registration processes that allow travelers to provide their contact information, emergency contact/next-of-kin information, and travel itinerary information in case on an emergency to ensure they can be reached in case of emergency.
Please contact your airline for specific information about its emergency contact forms and procedures.
Additionally, the U.S. State Department provides a free travel registration service to U.S. citizens who are traveling or living in another country. Registration allows a traveler to record information about his or her upcoming trip abroad that the Department of State can use to assist in case of an emergency. Americans residing abroad can also get routine information from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. For more information, see the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Registration site.
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illness or minor injury duriong your stay in Greece and the Greek islands than find yourself in need of visiting a Greek Health Center or Emergency room due to the disastrous situation that the Austerity Health reform has caused to the Greek Hospitals. Consult your Doctor before departing for Greece or visit the Global Travel Clinic Program of the International Society of Travel Medicine for Pre-travel consultation
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Stay Safe Outdoors .
If your travel plans in Greece include outdoor activities, take these steps to stay safe and healthy during your trip:
- Stay alert to changing weather conditions and adjust your plans if conditions become unsafe.
- Prepare for activities by wearing the right clothes and packing protective items, such as bug spray, sunscreen, and a basic first aid kit.
- Consider learning basic first aid and CPR before travel. and have always with you the items appropriate for your activities.
- Heat-related illness, such as heat stroke, can be deadly. Eat and drink regularly, wear loose and lightweight clothing, and limit physical activity in the heat of the day.
- If you are outside for many hours in the heat, eat salty snacks and drink water to stay hydrated and replace salt lost through sweating.
- Be especially careful during summer months and at high elevation. Because sunlight reflects off snow, sand, and water, sun exposure may be increased during activities like skiing, swimming, and sailing.
- Very cold temperatures can be dangerous. Dress in layers and cover heads, hands, and feet properly if you are visiting a cold location.
- Swim only in designated swimming areas. Obey lifeguards and warning flags on beaches.
- Do not dive into shallow water.
- Avoid swallowing water when swimming. Untreated water can carry germs that make you sick.
- Practice safe boating—follow all boating safety laws, do not drink alcohol if you are driving a boat, and always wear a life jacket.
Keep Away from Animals
Most animals avoid people, but they may attack if they feel threatened, are protecting their young or territory, or if they are injured or ill. Animal bites and scratches can lead to serious diseases such as rabies, and , caution, in Greece rabies is back infecting foxes dogs and cats
Follow these tips to protect yourself:
- Do not touch or feed any animals you do not know.
- Do not allow animals to lick open wounds, and do not get animal saliva in your eyes or mouth.
- Avoid rodents and their urine and feces.
- Traveling pets should be supervised closely and not allowed to come in contact with local animals.
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Information for Travelers
- Avoid Bug Bites
- Be Safe Around Animals
- Counterfeit Medicine
- Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism
- Food and Water Safety
- Getting Health Care Abroad
- Getting Sick After Travel
- Jet Lag
- Mental Health and Travel
- Motion Sickness
- Natural Disasters
- Road Safety
- Safe Swimming and Diving
- Sex Tourism
- Sun Exposure
- Travelers' Diarrhea
- Water Disinfection