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Travel health information for people travelling abroad from the UK

Ten Tips for Healthy Travel

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.

This advice sheet has been reproduced from and promoted by the International Society of Travel Medicine.

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