Venezuela travel guide



Venezuela Travel Guide

Health in Venezuela

Before traveling to Venezuela, you must make an appointment with a medical specialist in the local health department. You must have a travel insurance able to protect you outside of your country, including evacuation to your country in case of emergency.

To travel to this country requires a certificate of vaccination against yellow fever except for the coast northern zone; it is also recommendable to get vaccinated against the typhoid. Must take into account immunizations against the following diseases: cholera, malaria, polio, tetanus, hepatitis A, rabies (if you'll work or being close to wild animals), etc.

Some important things to bring to Venezuela to maintain good health are: copies of medical prescriptions, aspirin or painkillers, sun glasses and sunscreen, cream for insect bites, malaria pills (if you wish), insect repellent, pills for different allergies, etc.

Venezuela provides its visitors medical attention through its network of public hospitals. Some services involve a small pay out. Hospitals in the capitals of states are well equipped. The emergency service is free and most of the hospitals have intensive care units.

The people of Venezuela has one of the countries with more Body Mass Index (BMI) of South America. Men average is 27.44 and women 28.13. Many problems and diseases are directly related to weight change, either if you're underweight or if you are overweight.
Calculate BMI gives you an idea in what range of weight you are. If your BMI is less than 18.5, you may want to talk to your doctor about gaining weight. A person may be underweight due to metabolism, lack of food, genetics or illness. If your BMI is 25 or more, you should think about losing weight. Being overweight (or obese) can increase your risk of health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.

Food & Drink
In Venezuela, the water is usually purified with chlorine and is relatively safe to drink it however, in some cases it can cause small intestinal disorders, so is recommended to consume bottled water during the first weeks of stay. In rural zones the water may be contaminated and it is recommended to sterilize it.

Dairy products such as milk are pasteurized and can be eaten safely. Also beefs, birds, seafood, fruits and vegetables can be eaten safely.

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