Once you know you are going on assignment, book a health check with your family doctor or local hospital. The goal of a health check is to ensure all of your body’s most important systems are running correctly and to detect any potential issues before they become more serious. A health check may include:
Speak with your doctor regarding any vaccinations you may require. Remember many vaccinations need weeks and in some instances months to take effect so allow plenty of time between a consultation with your doctor and when you leave.
The World Health Organization provides a list of vaccination requirements by country which is a useful reference point. If you are going on assignment for your current company, speak to your HR department regarding your need for vaccinations or protection from malaria while on assignment.
A great way to inform those around you about a medical condition that may impact you in an expat workplace is by wearing a medical band or bracelet. Most highlight the issue you have and may direct a first responder to where they can find more detailed information e.g. on a card in your wallet.
If there is a medical emergency in your workplace, there are a number of steps to follow to achieve the best outcome for the patient.
A medical emergency at work can be a frightening situation whether you or your colleague are the patient. With some planning it is possible to reduce the risk or ensure you have the skills needed to respond appropriately.
Ensure you have access to the medical treatment you may need while on expat assignment with international health insurance. If you have questions on your health and wellbeing while overseas, get in touch, we are happy to advise you on your options.