Travel Health Advice

Travel Health Advice

In this section you will find  TravelHealth advice topics.  Topics such as malaria and how to stop getting bitten. Or what about DVT and what precautions you can take when you fly. Maybe you are afraid to fly and need some advice. Travelling with children can be a nightmare or a wonderful experience depending on how well prepared you are. Other topics include advice for the GAP year student, the diabetic traveller as well as the issue of insurance and sun care to mention a few.

  • Animal contact and bites

    Any direct contact with stray or wild animals should be avoided when travelling abroad. Bites can be frightening and sometimes carry the risk of disease.
  • Backpacking

    This exciting venture is no longer restricted to the young student on a gap year. People of all ages are taking to the open road. By taking careful precautions this ...
  • BCG Vaccination

    BCG vaccination has been shown to give 70%-80% protection against TB (Tuberculosis). The vaccine is given in a single dose following a ‘negative’ mantoux test.
  • Before you Travel – travel preparation tips when going abroad

    It is important to prepare your trip well in advance. Here are some general guidelines for getting ready.
  • Business Travel: Taking Time to Adjust

    Travel has changed considerably over the last ten years and we are now able to arrive at almost any point on the globe within 36 hours. But with increased, quicker ...
  • Coping with Jet Lag

    Our bodies adjust to a natural rhythm that promotes sleeping at night and being active and alert during daylight hours. When we travel across differing ‘time zones’ our normal rhythm ...
  • DVT – Deep Vein Thrombosis

    First recognised back in 1946, travel related DVT is an added potential problem for ‘at risk’ travellers who are immobile for extended periods of time. While the problem is often ...
  • Eating & Drinking in Developing Countries

    Traveller’s diarrhoea is the most common health problem affecting those travelling to developing countries.  It can affect anyone but is more serious in the elderly and young children. It is ...
  • Family Holidays

    Being on holiday with children can be exciting and carry wonderful memories for years to come – or it can end up with parents needing a break as soon as ...
  • Fear of flying

    Fear of flying is a common psychological problem among travellers; recent estimates suggest that between 10-40% of all travellers experience some kind of phobia.
  • Female Travellers

    While the woman traveller needs to think through all of the travel health issues that also apply to the male traveller, there are some specific issues that ‘women only’ need ...
  • Gap Year Travel

    Travelling to far, distant countries, meeting new people and experiencing new cultures, can be a hugely enjoyable adventure that will leave you memories to last a lifetime.
  • Giving Blood and Travel

    In some circumstances, travel can become a restriction for giving blood. Apart from the “normal” restriction related to illness and frequency of donating blood, the following guidelines apply to those ...
  • Health & Business Travel

    Business Travel is an important aspect of our twenty first century lifestyle. While the evolving technologies of video conferencing and satellite communications have changed our priorities, the Business Traveller remains ...
  • Insurance Cover

    Good medical insurance is important wherever you go in the world and for however long you are away. Some countries have agreements with the UK but this might not ...
  • Male Travellers

    Many men try to avoid anything to do with seeing their doctor. However, it is important to get a full health check once in a while if you are a ...
  • Medical Tourism

    Medical Tourism is becoming one of the fastest economic growth areas globally. It is defined as organized travel to a chosen destination overseas, to receive healthcare outside of a person’s ...
  • Preventing Accidents

    There are more tourist deaths related to road traffic accidents and drowning than from diseases that travellers can be immunised against!  
  • Preventing Insect Bites

    Malaria is not the only disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes – Dengue Fever is becoming increasingly more common in tropical climates. 
  • Senior Travel

    Once the kids have left home or you have taken retirement, there may be increased opportunity for visiting new countries and discovering new cultures. With a little planning, your travel ...
  • Sexual Health

    For some, relaxing and having fun on holiday involves casual sexual encounters. Surveys show that many people have sex with previously unknown foreign partners while abroad resulting in sexually transmitted disease ...
  • Sun Safety – Being Safe in the Sun

    In the United Kingdom cases of skin cancer have doubled over the last 20 years. Each year thousands of new cases of skin cancer are reported, however due to the ...
  • Travel Delays

    As we get ready to face a summer of delays following industrial action across the airports of Europe, it is important to know how to face the prospect of a ...
  • Travel During Pregnancy

    Travel while you are pregnant requires careful planning and thought beforehand. It is important to discuss your plans with your Doctor or Nurse well in advance of the trip.
  • Travel with Asthma

    As soon as you are aware of an upcoming trip, make an appointment to visit your Asthma Specialist for a check up and to discuss the details of your trip. ...
  • Travel with Diabetes

    Whenever you travel it is essential to plan ahead. A visit to your Diabetic Adviser or GP as soon as you are aware of your travel schedule is a good ...
  • Travel with Kids

    Travelling with children can be exciting and carry wonderful memories for years to come — or it can end up with parents needing a break as soon as they return ...
  • Traveller’s Diarrhoea

    “Travel broadens the mind, but loosens the bowels”. Traveller’s diarrhoea is the most common illness among those who travel to tropical locations and in many parts of the world it ...
  • Travelling with Medication

    Due to restrictions on many flights across the globe those travelling with existing medical conditions need to be aware of restrictions when travelling with medication.
  • Travelling with Specific Needs

    If you have a physical disability, travel can often be pushed aside for fear of often not knowing where to turn if you need help. As soon as you are ...
  • When you’re not in the driver’s seat

    Travelling by public transport can be the cause of much anxiety for many travellers.