dental, optical, vaccination records.
Key medical records include dental records
and children's vaccination records. These last, as pointed out above, should
be part of your carry-on luggage.
Ask your doctors and dentists to make copies of your records. These are invaluable. My Irish dentist refers to old X-rays for help with diagnosis. My family doctor in Ireland similarly found my early diagnostic tests useful. The kids' vaccination records smoothed out any problems when they entered school. Optical exam records could prove crucial if you have any opthomology problems.
One major vaccination difference between
America and Ireland is the way the two countries treat tuberculosis. The
U.S. does not regularly vaccinate people for TB. This makes it easier to
detect the disease with simple scratch tests. In Ireland, however, a TB
vaccination is administered to all children. In the case of our two primary
school age children, this vaccination resulted in a huge and painful blister
and red swelling that lasted the better part of two months. Besides the
pain, another possible problem is that any inoculated person will always
test positive in scratch tests for TB. A chest X-ray is needed to positively
identify tuberculosis. Despite this, in a country with a huge cattle population
(2 cows for every person!) where bovine TB outbreaks occasionally occur,
we agree with the authorities that getting the vaccination is the better
Additional topics covered in this section are discussions about arranging health insurance coverage during the move, the key papers to bring, involving the kids, absentee ballots, packing, and the forms and documentation needed.