Travelling abroad is so common these days that it is often easy to forget the necessary precautions. Consult our practice nurses at least three months before departure. They will advise you what vaccinations and medicines you may need.
Make sure that you have adequate health insurance. If you are visiting an EEC country you will need a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Application forms are available at Post Offices or apply by telephone to the NHSBSA EHIC Line on 0845 606 2030 or you can complete your application ‘on-line’ at http://www.ehic.org.uk/ .
Take a small first-aid kit with you and beware of bites from insects and animals as many diseases are insect-borne and rabies is widespread. Be careful with raw vegetables, salads, fruit, shellfish and ice-cubes.
Respect the power of the sun! Use suncreams regularly (at least Factor 25 for children) and wear a hat.
Sexually transmitted diseases (including AIDS) are a major health threat throughout the world. Condoms offer some protection.
If your doctor advises you to take anti-malarial tablets remember that you need to start taking them one or two weeks before departure and continue until four weeks after your return. These tablets are available from a Pharmacy and are essential if you are traveling to areas where malaria is present. Please note that any medications prescribed for holiday use are only available on private prescription.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)