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Preparing for a Healthy Overseas Assignment

Frank Gillingham, MD

Of the many goals that expatriates, accompanying family members, and employers have for an international assignment, none is more important than having a safe and healthy experience both abroad and upon repatriation. As with any business objective, the key is careful preparation, in this case oriented to health and safety.

The practical points noted below allow the well-prepared expatriate to avoid considerable anxiety and frustration when the inevitable illness strikes. These points were developed with the help of dozens of international physicians and expatriates themselves.

If you are bringing children on your assignment:

If you have a chronic medical condition or see a doctor regularly at home: