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Travelling abroad – whether on business or for pleasure – should be an exciting and enjoyable experience. However, it can carry potential health risks for your family and you.

By taking a few simple precautions you can relax, enjoy your trip and make sure you travel healthy. Here are some helpful tips and advice for travellers and an overview of the main travel related diseases. If you require further advice and information, your pharmacist, practice nurse or other qualified medical staff at your doctor’s surgery will be happy to help.

Vaccinations

You can be vaccinated against many travel related diseases, so remember to contact one of the Pharmacists at MedMart or your doctor’s surgery as soon as you know you are travelling. They will advise you of the vaccinations you need according to your travel plans.

Note: Some countries will not let you enter unless you are fully vaccinated against certain diseases.

Here is the list of some of the most common travel vaccinations that we offer

  • Combined Hepatitis A and B
  • Combined Hepatitis A and Typhoid
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Typhoid
  • Meningitis B
  • Meningitis ACWY
  • Influenza
  • Malaria

If there is a vaccination that you are looking for that is not listed above, we are confident we can provide this for you. Please just call us and one of our Pharmacists will be happy to help.

Food, Water and Personal Hygiene Advice

Diseases can be caught from drinking or swimming in contaminated water. Unless you know the water supply is safe where you are staying, only use boiled, bottled or sterilised water, even for cleaning your teeth and avoid ice in cold drinks. Washing of hands after visiting the toilet, before eating or preparing food can reduce your risks of diseases spread in this way.

Contaminated food is the most common source of many diseases abroad. Travellers’ diarrhoea is the most common illness that you will be exposed to abroad. Re-hydration is the first line of management if you suffer this condition. Medication to stop the diarrhoea is a second line measure and should never be taken if you have a fever or blood in your stool.

Great caution should be given to the use of medication in children and medical advice should be sought.

A woman on the oral contraceptive pill may not be adequately covered if she suffers diarrhoea and vomiting and advice within the pill packet instructions should be followed.

Travel Insurance

UK residents make over 58 million overseas trips each year but as many as 1 in 7 of them fail to take out adequate travel insurance.

Unfortunately things can go wrong on holiday. You could fall ill or have an accident, you could have money or luggage stolen, your visit might be cancelled or cut short through injury or illness, your family may need to fly out to be with you if there is a serious incident. Costs – particularly medical treatment costs – can easily run into thousands of pounds.

It is advisable to take out adequate medical insurance before departing. If you are travelling to an EU country, you can get form E111 from the Post Office which entitles you to free emergency medical treatment in all EU countries.

You may want to check that the insurance covers the cost of being flown home in an air ambulance. Don’t forget to take copies of your insurance documents and emergency telephone numbers when you travel.

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