A complete "overhaul" of all family members who will be transferred is a must. Dental, gynecological, ophthalmologic and general checkups should not be postponed until after the move as you may then have a load of other problems to solve. Illnesses discovered need to be treated in your home country by doctors you trust and know you well as it will take time to find new medical experts in the new country. Fit for the Tropics? A thorough health examination assessing the ability to live in the tropics of all family members is the number one precondition! Tests vary and do sometimes exclude the above-mentioned checks. Blood and urine will be taken to establish the immunity to infectious diseases and efficacy of vaccinations. If any serious problem is detected, you will still have a chance to back out. These tests have to be supervised by experienced doctors who have a vast knowledge of tropical diseases and vaccinations, which your family doctor may not. Contact an institute for tropical diseases. The company pays for testing and results and needs to be kept safe for insurance and compensation in case a serious illness is detected on repatriation. Sometimes immigration laws require additional testing on location and you may have to go through blood and urine tests and x-ray sessions once again. Vaccinations Vaccinations are best taken in the home country. If there is no time left to have all shots in time, you should contact a doctor attached to your embassy in the host country. Vaccines need to be kept cool all the time to function properly and this is not always guaranteed with small clinics or pharmacies. The following vaccinations may have to be applied/updated. Check with your doctor, print out and fill in!
Prescriptions & Medical Supplies
The availability of over the counter medical supplies differs considerably in an Asian country ranging from being offered in supermarkets to only been sold in pharmacies. Packaging and brand names often vary from what you are used to and so may also vary the strength of some ingredients.
Make yourself familiar with local regulations and buy from a reputable source. Do not experiment with unknown products and counterfeits but seek advise from your new physician in the host country. Many doctors provide medication directly in their clinics. Some drugs you are used to buy over the counter may need a prescription in the host country.
Always take along an original labeled container on your pre-visit to check the availability of the drug. Another source of information may be a physician connected to your embassy (they usually provide a list) or even the drug company itself.
When importing drugs for regular use you may need a signed statement from your doctor to accompany the import describing the health problem and the dosage you need and/or a written prescription. Be aware that this rule may apply also to medical supplies you want to import and which you can normally buy over the counter in your home country.