Why Receive A Missionary Medical Checkup?
At Christian Vision Alliance we believe our fiscal sponsorship should include helpful information for the success of your efforts. Therefore, we strongly recommend missionary medical checkups prior to any international travel and at least two months prior to leaving on your mission trip, you should make a medical check list. If you are going to a country that has has a recent outbreak of some infectious disease, knowing this prior to your departure and preparing for it is just wise stewardship of the vision God has given you.
A big part of planning your mission trip should include medical care and research prior to your trip. Of course, everyone is hopeful that illness will not strike while visiting another country, but preparation is key to help avoid any problems.
To start with, make sure your routine vaccinations are up to date before leaving. These immunizations include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, varicella or chickenpox vaccine, polio vaccine and diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP or DTwP) vaccines. You should see your primary doctor for a complete physical and also be sure to get your yearly flu shot prior to travel.
An excellent reference site can be found on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel. On this website you can enter the country that you intend to travel to and it will help you find some very valuable information specific to your destination.
Here are some mobile apps available through the CDC that can help you stay healthy on your trip.
- TravWell app is free and helps you plan for safe and healthy International travel. You can build a trip specific to your destination that will give you vaccine recommendations for the area you are visiting, provides a fully customizable to do list and packing list and has a during-travel feature available offline (no data connection needed). It also offers emergency services phone numbers for every destination.
- Can I Eat This? app is free and helps prevent you from ingesting unclean food or water and getting travelers’ diarrhea and other illnesses while on your trip. It features authoritative recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gives you access to recommendations offline (no data connection needed) and is easy to use.
- CDC 2016 – The Yellow Book app offers a pre-travel consultation that is designed to prepare travelers for any health concerns that may arise while on their trip. The objectives of this app are to assess the traveler’s plans and empower the traveler to manage their health before and during the trip. This app does cost about $11.00, but if it helps to avoid illness while on your mission trip it is worth every cent. It is the definitive resource for healthcare providers and individuals seeking consultation in advance of international travel. Its accessible content is conveyed in an easy-to-understand format, including maps.
You should register with the State Department prior to leaving. This information will be used by the embassy where you are traveling if an emergency arises.
Overall, if you do your homework and plan ahead, you can stay healthy and make the most of your mission trip. International diseases are not necessarily something that you can control, but with a little preventative maintenance and some good planning, you may be able to avoid down time caused by illness. God gives us the knowledge we need to succeed, but we are responsible to seek it and put it into action.
Ecclesiastes 7:12 “For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.”