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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.
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).
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.