The main travel season is upon us, and everywhere backpackers, city trippers and entire families are setting off on their summer holidays. Wherever their trip takes them, their health should be an issue they always pay attention to. While some may choose to neglect this topic, others might be unsettled by health myths. In order to bring some light into the mix of rumors and half-truths, we met with experts in the field of travel health and asked them about health myths on the road. To keep you well-informed from the start of your vacation, Dr. Ursula Hollenstein and Dr. Georg Stühlinger of the “Traveldoc” travel health center in Vienna, share their insights into five of the most persistent myths on travel health.
Travel myths are widespread. Everyone who likes to travel has come across one or other of them. The increasing flood of information on health and illness from the internet offers instant access to an amount of data that, if not explained properly, can be too much for or misleading for the lay reader. Moreover, travel stories from friends and acquaintances who have heard rumors or had individual experiences themselves, can often not be generalized and should be met with caution. Finally, myths and wrong information can be spread by self-proclaimed experts at the destination. Unfortunately, this information can point people in the wrong direction and is potentially dangerous. While well-trained medical professionals in a trustworthy health care system can usually give reliable advice about the health situation in a country, this is less the case for ex-pats living there or even locals without well-founded medical knowledge, and even less so for one-time travelers with a lack of experience. Here are some of the most persistent rumors about travel health. Read More »