Around 3,000 UK holidaymakers every week need emergency medical treatment abroad, recent reports suggest. If you’re heading overseas, in particular to tropical countries, it’s important to ensure that you’re protected from potentially serious diseases that may be local to that destination. Before you go away, make sure you take the right precautions to prevent the risk of any potentially dangerous illnesses.
Before your trip, make sure you find out whether you will need vaccinations and which ones you need for where you are visiting. Then you can travel safe in the knowledge that you are protected, and you and your family or loved ones, can enjoy your trip risk and worry free.
Private GP Extra provide a comprehensive range of travel vaccinations to cover you wherever in the world you may be visiting, and will be able to discuss your requirements and offer advice on the best health care for your trip.
Food and Drink
Once you’ve got the jabs out of the way, make sure you take other measures to ensure a healthy and happy holiday. For example, watch out for water and food, which may upset your stomach easier than in the UK, and always drink water from a bottle, and on that note, make sure you stay hydrated in the warmer weather too.
Medical Care and Travel Insurance
Before you go away, pack a small first-aid kit so you can treat any small accidents that may happen, with painkillers, plasters and antiseptic creams in it. For any bigger problems that hopefully don’t arise, make sure you always have good travel insurance before you fly.
One of the most important ways to ensure good holiday health is to use the right level of sun protection, and to stay out of the sun when it is at its hottest; between 11am and 3pm. Keep a close eye on moles and freckles, and always make sure that you’re wearing a high SPF.
For more information or to book an appointment with our Travel Clinic please call 0161 428 4464.