Travel Health & Medical Information
you are travelling abroad make sure you are well prepared and have a safe trip,
a summary of things to do before you go are...
Check with the Department of
to see what vaccinations you need and what the current health issues are worldwide.
We advise that you do this at least 8 weeks before you go.
your doctor well in advance (preferably at least two months) of your departure,
to check to see if you need to take extra health precautions
If you want to take any sort of medicine with you find out if there are any restrictions
on taking them in and out of your home country or the country you are visiting.
Ask the relevant Embassy or High Commission
carry medicines in a correctly labelled container in your hand luggage. Take
prescription and/or letter from your doctor giving details of the drug prescribed.
a dental checkup if you have any doubts about your teeth, or you plan to be away
a long time, see your dentist. It may be difficult and expensive to obtain dental
treatment at your destination.
a written record on your person of any medical condition affecting you, such as
angina pectoris, diabetes and haemophilia, and the proper names not just
the trade names of any medication you are taking.
insect and animal bites, some diseases are prevalent in temperate climate
therefore advisable to use insect-repellent preparations.
care on the roads as traffic accidents are the major cause of death among
Always check on local traffic regulations. If you are in a car, always wear seat
belts. If on a motor or pedal bike, always wear a helmet. If you hire a car
a bike, check its condition and the insurance cover. And never drink and drive.
you are going to take part in potentially hazardous sports such as skiing,
canoeing or mountaineering, follow all the relevant safety guidance; make
that there are adequate emergency medical facilities on hand; and check that
you have medical insurance which covers you fully in the event of any accident.
should allow 24 hours between their last dive and a flight.
First Aid Kit including a packet of adhesive dressings, some insect repellent,
antiseptic cream and water-sterilisation tablets could be useful.
immobility on long journeys, whether by plane, train or car, can lead to
vein thrombosis' (a blood clot in the leg). Move your feet around, or get up
and walk around regularly if you can. And avoid dehydration by taking regular
care in water and don't go swimming alone. Fatal accidents can happen very
and in the most unexpected conditions. Adults should watch each other for signs
of trouble when in the water. If you are going to dive into water, make sure
it is deep enough for you o do so safely.
care in the sun, many people travel in search of the sun. The sun should
but overexposure can cause sunburn, leading to premature skin ageing and an
risk of skin cancer.
has now spread across the world. There is no vaccine or cure for AIDS. People
can be infected in a number of ways including unprotected sex, through the use
of infected syringes, tattooing equipment, medical or dental instruments and
of HIV infected blood
Further travel health
information including advice on specific countries, travel insurance, passports
and visas, medical information, laws and customs, advice for women travellers
and information on what to do if something does go wrong can be found at
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