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Holiday Safety

Going on holiday is supposed to be fun. There are a few things to consider to make sure you have the best experience. If you have any concerns about your health before you travel, book an appointment to see our private GP for advice.

 

 

Travel Vaccinations

Make sure you check if you are travelling to a country where you will need to have had travel vaccinations. It’s advisable to check this as soon as you can before your holiday as some vaccinations need to be administered in a course of 2 or 3 shots which means you will need to have them done about a month before you travel. Another important reason to check if you require vaccinations is that you could be refused entry to a country if you are not correctly vaccinated, for instance some countries require a yellow fever certificate to allow entry. This is known as International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP).

 

Travel Insurance

It may seem like an added expense but you will thank yourself for taking the time to buy travel insurance for the peace of mind it will give you. Travel insurance will cover you for a range of things such as loss of your luggage, cancellation cover if for some reason you are unable to travel unexpectedly and most importantly emergency health cover. No one wants to be taken ill abroad but travel insurance will help to ease the stress if you need medical care whilst abroad.

 

 

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

If you are at risk of suffering from DVT, it’s advisable to see your GP before you travel as you may be prescribed medication to take. If you are going to be on a mid to long flight it’s worth investing in some compression stockings, which can reduce the risk of DVT. Other points to consider that reduce the risk of DVT are:

  • Drink plenty of fluid when flying
  • Get up and walk around during your flight to increase circulation
  • Avoid alcohol and sleeping pills
  • Wear loose clothing
  • Every hour or so straighten your legs and move your feet up and down to get the blood flowing

 

Jet Lag

Jet lag can be a pain to deal with on holiday and although there is no cure for it, there a couple of ways you can minimise the effects.

  • Adjust your sleeping pattern to your new time zone as soon as you arrive
  • Try not to take naps or go to sleep too early for your time zone
  • Set an alarm so you don’t oversleep
  • Natural light helps to reset your body clock so spend time outside
  • Try and avoid alcohol at the airport and in flight, it will only increase the feeling of tiredness

 

Suncreen

When buying sunscreen you need to be looking for a product that has UVA and UVB protection, in the UK you will notice there is a logo displayed on the packaging which is a circle with UVA written inside and a number of starts between 0-5. A rating of 4 or 5 stars is usually considered a good level of protection.

Make sure you are applying sunscreen on all bare skin and using enough product to give you adequate protection. Between 1-2 ounces of sunscreen is needed to cover an entire adult body, and don’t forget to protect often forgotten areas such as your ears, lips, the tops of your feet and in-between your toes.

 

Travellers’ Diarrhoea

One of the fastest ways to ruin your holiday is to be struck down by travellers’ diarrhoea, sometimes referred to as delhi belly.

It’s estimated that about half of travellers will experience diarrhoea whilst abroad, follow the below tips to avoid falling victim.

  • Drink only bottled water, tap water can contain bacteria that may upset your stomach
  • Ask for your drinks without ice that was probably made with tap water
  • Be aware that fruit and salads may have been washed in tap water, so fruit you can peel yourself such as bananas and oranges may be best
  • Be aware of any eateries that look as though they could be unsanitary
  • Be wary of street food vendors where the food being served may not be piping hot
  • Buffets can be a risk if the food isn’t being kept at the correct temperature
  • Be aware that dairy products in some countries may be unpasteurised

 

If you are travelling to a high risk area it may be worth being prepared by taking sachets of rehydration solution that you can buy from a chemist, these can be taken if you do experience any diarrhoea as they help with recovery if you become dehydrated.

 

It’s always worth doing your research on the country you are travelling to ahead of time so you can be prepared.

 

Date: 29/06/2018