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Travel Advice

Do you need travel vaccines?

Before you book an appointment with our travel clinic please click the following link to ensure you actually require travel vaccines.

Do you require a travel vaccine?

Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.

Top Ten Tips for Healthy Travel

Before Trip

  • Seek consultation with a travel medicine specialist at least six 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 minimised 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.

Useful links

For detailed information on travel related illness see the links below:

Sun exposure

First Aid

Insect bite avoidance

Mosquito bite avoidance

Zika Virus

Food and water Precautions

Travel Insurance

Contraception

Fit For Travel Website



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