Advice For Travellers

Our practice nurse can give you practical advice when you come for your 20 minute travel appointment.  The following websites are also useful:

Ten Tips for Healthy Travel

Fit for Travel (www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk) gives the following advice:

Before Trip

  • Seek consultation with a travel medicine specialist at least four weeks before travel.
  • Ask about special vaccines that are recommended for specific destinations.
  • First aid and medical kit containing regular and special medication for the trip – carry in hand luggage.
  • Evacuation and travel insurance to cover health emergencies while abroad.

During Trip

  • Take precautions against malaria when you visit areas at risk. Prevent mosquito bites and take malaria pills as advised.
  • Road safety is important – wear safety belts in cars, helmets on bikes and avoid night time driving.
  • Abstain from casual sex or practice safe sex with condoms to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Verify and consume safe water and food. Have a supply of medicine for self treatment of diarrhoea.
  • Excessive sun exposure should be minimized by the use of sunscreen. Sun can be more intense over water, snow and at altitude.
  • Leave animals alone. Animal bites or scratches can transmit rabies. Seek help if bitten.

If fever develops during or after trip, seek competent medical help immediately.

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