Newsletter September 2019 – Travel Vaccinations Update

Newsletter September 2019 – Travel Vaccinations Update

Posted on Oct 25, 2019

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:

Be prepared!

  • 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?
You should consider a travel medicine appoinment with your GP at least 6-8 weeks before departure.
There are many more things to think about when you plan to travel.
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?
It is highly recommended that you have adequate travel insurance. We would always hope nothing goes wrong but if there is some reason for you to need medical assistance overseas, it can be unbelievably expensive! Factor it into your budget and read the fine print. Make sure you know what you are and are not covered for!!
All of our GP’s have extensive experience in travel health and are happy to discuss the best way to ensure you have a safe and happy holiday, and come home healthy!