Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club recommends you talk to your doctor four to six weeks before departing to the Dominican Republic. Even if you are leaving in less time than this recommendation, a check-up is still advisable, but the earlier you go, the better. There are a number of vaccinations you should be up to date on, including typhoid, rabies and hepatitis A and B. These treatments are especially important if you plan on being outdoors often or plan on visiting any rural areas away from Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club. Also make sure you and those you are travelling with are caught up on any routine vaccinations, such as rubella, measles, mumps and tetanus. There’s no quicker way to ruin a Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club vacation than coming down with a debilitating viral infection.
In addition, it is important to know that due to mosquitoes, malaria is also a health concern everywhere in the Dominican Republic. There is not yet a vaccine for malaria so there are some alternative protective measures you can take to guarantee your health. Getting an anti-malarial drug from your doctor is the easiest and most bulletproof choice to stay safe on your visit to Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club. Some other options are to be sure to use plenty of insect repellant and wear long sleeves and pants to stave off insects. Also make sure that you sleep in an air-conditioned or well-screened room, or at least somewhere that provides bed nets.
Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club states that it is important that if you decide to get malaria medication, you do so before leaving the United States. International drug regulation is different and often less stringent in other countries. One malaria treatment called Halofantrine or Halfan is widely used overseas, but the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that you stay away from it because of its serious cardiac side-effects. Deaths have even been reported due to its use.
Also bear in mind that your prescription medication may not be legal in the Dominican Republic. Check with the Dominican embassy or Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club directly if you are unsure about any of your medications.