For any of you who are lucky enough to be disappearing somewhere warm over the next few months check out Nurse Jill’s travel update. It’s a great reminder of some of the important things that should be considered before venturing anywhere afar!
Hi, Nurse Jill here. I recently attended an update on travel health and thought I’d share with you some of the key points. The old Brownie’s motto is still a good one to remember:
- Where are you going?
- Is it a high-risk destination for certain diseases?
- How long are you going for? The greater the time, the greater the risk of becoming unwell.
- When are you going?
What activities you’re likely to be doing – white water rafting, skiing, horse riding? Insect repellent and antihistamines can be vital. Be extremely careful about what you put in your mouth – did you know that half of all travellers experience diarrhoea? Practice safe sex. Don’t share needles (these two apply everywhere in the world not just when you are abroad!). Do you get motion sickness, jet lag? Are you going somewhere that’s high altitude or a long haul flight away?