< Back Are there any vaccinations I should get or other health precautions to take as I prepare for my move to your city? Before I get sick, what should I know about seeking medical care in your city as an expat? What is the word for "doctor" in the local language? What is the best way to locate a suitable health care provider? Do expats in the area tend to leave the city/area/country to seek medical care? If so, why and where do they go? What is the number to call to summon help in an emergency? List medical/fire/police. What do I do if there's an emergency in the middle of the night—or at another time when my normal doctor/clinic is unavailable? How will I recognize a pharmacy? What is it called in the local language? Is the water safe to drink? Are there any vaccinations I should get or other health precautions to take as I prepare for my move to your city? Because of recent changes to US immigration laws, visa applicants are now required to obtain certain vaccinations prior to the issuance of a visa. The common vaccinations include: Mumps Measles Rubella Polio Tetanus and Diphtheria toxoids Pertussis Influenza type B Hepatitis B Varicella Pneumococcal Influenza At the very least, ensure that normal childhood vaccinations, such as measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTP) and polio, are up-to-date. It is also recommended that you carry medical records from your home country with you and that you check your country's vaccination regulations for re-entry purposes. ↑ Top Before I get sick, what should I know about seeking medical care in your city as an expat? The United States does not have socialized medical care. It is recommended that you have your own health insurance and take all your information with you when visiting the doctor or hospital. If you do not have health coverage, you will have to pay for health care on your own at the time service is provided. This can run into many thousands of dollars for serious illnesses, so insurance coverage should be a top priority. The doctors and hospitals in the U.S. are very skilled and dependable. In Austin, there are many good hospitals, and medical facilities available to you. To find a suitable health-care provider, contact your insurance provider to obtain a list of names or check with your employer's Human Resources department for more information. You can also find extensive listings in your local yellow pages. ↑ Top What is the word for "doctor" in the local language? The official language is English; and "Doctor" or "Physician" are the acceptable terms. ↑ Top What is the best way to locate a suitable health care provider? As stated above, your company's Human Resources department or your health insurance provider can supply you with a list of reputable physicians, or you can check the local yellow pages under "Physicians." Another great way to find a good doctor is by asking your co-workers, neighbors and friends for referrals. Word-of-mouth is often the best resource. ↑ Top Do expats in the area tend to leave the city/area/country to seek medical care? If so, why and where do they go? No, there is no need to. Austin, like other US cities, has excellent health resources. ↑ Top What is the number to call to summon help in an emergency? List medical/fire/police. Dial 911 for all emergencies. The person on the receiving end will direct your call to the correct emergency service agency (ambulance, fire department or police). ↑ Top What do I do if there's an emergency in the middle of the night—or at another time when my normal doctor/clinic is unavailable? If an emergency occurs in the middle of the night either call 911 and wait for an ambulance, or have a family or friend drive you to the closest major hospital in your area. Major hospitals offer 24-hour emergency services. Identifying the 24-hour emergency clinic nearest to where you live is an important first task once you settle in. ↑ Top How will I recognize a pharmacy? What is it called in the local language? Look for the word "pharmacy" or "drug store" Some good chains are Walgreens, Eckerd and CVS. Pharmacies can also be found in larger grocery stores like Randall’s. ↑ Top Is the water safe to drink? Although the water is considered safe, some people prefer using a water purifier or filter. Many people also drink bottled water. ↑ Top IMPORTANT NOTE: Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.