Foreign Travel Advice And Immunisations
Our practice nurses will be pleased to give advice to those patients going abroad. Please allow adequate time in order for the vaccine(s) to be effective. Certain vaccines are chargeable - please ask the nurse for details.
Before You Go
Well before travelling abroad, check with your travel agent or the tourist office/embassy of the country you intend to visit on any special precautions you may need to take. At least two months before departing discuss any vaccination requirements with the practice nurse. Pack a small first aid kit containing adhesive dressings, insect repellent, antiseptic cream and water purification tablets etc; ask at the pharmacy.
Check on the quality of the drinking water. If in doubt, either drink only bottled water or use water purification tablets. Avoid ice in drinks as this may well have been made from suspect water. Raw vegetables, salads and fresh fruit should be carefully washed in clean water. Again, if in doubt, stick to freshly cooked food.
Beware of the sun! Use a high factor sunscreen especially in the first few days of exposure. Children in particular should be closely monitored.
In hot climates, drink plenty of non-alcoholic drinks. If you are not passing water regularly you are not drinking enough.
On Your Return
If you fall ill tell your doctor that you have travelled abroad and what countries you have just visited. If you have had treatment abroad tell your doctor. When donating blood tell the transfusion staff which countries you have visited.