HEALTH CARE

There are no immunization requirements for traveling to Greece.
- Diarrhea can be a minor problem with all travelers, so it's wise to take along some of your favourite remedy.
- Cola soft drinks are said to be helpful for those having digestive difficulties stemming from olive oil in their food.
- Allergy sufferers should carry along some antihistamines, especially in the spring.
- And everyone should be
aware that overexposure to the Greek sun can cause sun poisoning or sunstroke.

Health services are good in Greece, the hospitals in the large cities are excellent. Virtually all doctors speak English or some other European language. For minor health problems, go first to the nearest pharmacy, which will be marked with a green cross. (In the larger cities, if it is closed, there is a sign in the window directing you to the nearest open one. Newspapers also list the pharmacies that are open late or through the night.) Pharmacists are well trained and usually speak English quite well, and many medications are available without prescription. You should bring along a sufficient quantity of any prescription medication you are taking, and keep it in your carry-on luggage. We suggest that you ask your doctor to write a prescription, using the generic (not the brand) name.

For more serious medical problems, your embassy or consulate or hotel management can recommend an English speaking doctor.

In case of emergency call:
Ambulance Service: 166
Lifeline: 175
Hospitals and Clinics on duty: 106
Aids Help Line: 210 7222222
Blood Bank: 210 8219391
Poisoning First Aid: 210 7793777
Pharmacies: 107 & 102
Open Line for Drug Addiction: 210 3617089

Those with chronic illnesses should discuss their travel plans with their physician. Emergency treatment is usually given free of charge in State Hospitals, but be warned that only basic needs are met. (Citizens of EU nations should inquire before leaving, but their policies will probably cover treatment in Greece.)

INSURANCE: Before you purchase any additional insurance, check your current medical, automobile, and homeowner's policies as well as any insurance provided by credit-card companies and auto and travel clubs.

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