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Morocco Health Tips

Morocco Health Tips

When traveling to any new destination internationally, visiting a personal physician or health clinic, at least four weeks before departure, is always recommended. This can allow you to understand the common ailments that may be at your destination, plus, get vaccinations and immunization to ensure you do not catch any infection or illnesses that commonly prevail in the country or the place you are traveling.
Traveling to a new destination can be very relaxing and enjoyable if we follow some common sense steps and bring our medical kit along, which contains all the necessary things. Also, medical travel insurance can be of great use, especially giving you coverage in your home country as well, if the need arises for continuing medication or treatment after returning to your home.
Foreign countries may have different standards for prescription and over-the-counter medicines, which are available in the United Kingdom. Moroccan Customs do not maintain a list of banned goods, but they advise travelers with prescription medicines to bring a physician's prescription specifying both the medicine and the quantity to maintain conformity. You may contact the Moroccan Embassy for information on the legal status of a specific medicine.
Another important factor that you should look for is preparation for heat protection which means carrying a lot of sunblocks and drinking a lot of water that can keep you hydrated all the time. Also, there should be ample care taken when eating out to prevent the occurrence of travelers’ diarrhea, which is a very common health concern that most people face when traveling to a new country.

Vaccinations for Morocco

The following vaccinations are recommended for travelers to Morocco:

  • Routine vaccinations
  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Rabies (recommended if you are planning to spend time in rural areas, participating in outdoor activities, or spend extended time in the country)

Keep away from animals

Animals may attack if they feel threatened, are protecting their young or territory, or are injured or ill, or they may avoid people altogether. Rabies is one of the diseases that can result from animal bites or scratches. It is important to protect yourself by:

  • Avoid unfamiliar animals.
  • Avoid allowing animals to lick open wounds or to come in contact with animal saliva.
  • Avoid rats and their excrement and urine.

When visiting another country, be careful around dogs, bats, monkeys, jellyfish, and snakes, as they can all be dangerous. If you are bitten or scratched by an animal, wash the wound with soap and water immediately, go to a doctor immediately, and tell your doctor about your injury when you return home. Because treatment for rabies is urgent, it may not be available in all countries. Consider buying medical evacuation insurance.
Animals should be carefully supervised to avoid contact with local animals. If you awaken in a room with a bat, seek medical attention immediately. Bites from bats may be difficult to detect.

Reduce your exposure to germs

These tips can help you avoid getting sick or infecting others while traveling:

  • Make sure to clean your hands before eating, especially if there is no soap and water available. (Hand sanitizer of at least 60% alcohol can be used as a substitute)
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. Make sure your hands are clean if you need to touch your face.
  • It is best to use a sleeve or a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, rather than your hands.
  • You should avoid being in contact with people who are ill. If you are sick, remain at home or in your hotel room unless you require medical assistance.

Other health risks

People get henna tattoos in Morocco, and some of them include the chemical para-phenylenediamine (PPD), which can cause severe allergic reactions including swelling and itching.

Your Medical Care:

I would advise you to bring a supply of any medicines that you take regularly and bring the prescription too. Feel safe in the knowledge that in the unlikely event of serious trouble, your hotel or cruise boat staff will find, and provide, a doctor for you instantly.  
And don't forget that is always a good idea to bring mosquito repellent for open-air night events! It helps to minimize the "mosquito annoyance factor"!

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