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Travel health advice

Health Advice - Foreign Travel

Before you travel abroad it may be necessary to check with your travel agent or a travel clinic whether or not you need special injections or medication for the country you are travelling to. In some cases you can be denied entry to a country if you do not have a certificate proving that you have had the necessary injections.

The following websites Nathnac  and Fit for Travel can give you information and advice for travel abroad.

You must ensure you are vaccinated at least 6 weeks before departure where it is necessary. Malaria tablets have to be taken as advised before departure.

Below are a number of diseases you may wish to ask about when visiting the travel clinic prior to travelling abroad. The clinic will advise you on your requirements depending on which continent you are travelling to.

  • Polio
  • Tetanus
  • Typhoid
  • Diptheria
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Yellow Fever
  • Malaria

Self help

Here are some simple self help tips you can follow to make your trip safer:

  • Be safe
  • Be hygienic
  • Take a small first aid kit including re-hydration sachets
  • Watch what you eat
  • Drink bottled water only
  • Avoid ice cubes if they are made with tap water
  • Use effective sun protection i.e. high factor sun creams
  • Take any medication your GP advises to protect yourself, like Malaria tablets

Further advice on staying healthy while abroad can be found at www.nhs.uk/healthcareabroad

European health insurance card

Did you know that you can claim back most of your treatment and medication costs if you fall ill or have an accident in Europe? That's as long as you carry a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

The EHIC entitles the holder to free or reduced cost, state-provided medical treatment if you fall ill or have an accident while visiting any country in the European Economic Area (EEA). Please note that an EHIC is not a substitute for comprehensive travel insurance and will not cover further treatment or repatriation.

EHICs are issued on an individual basis. All individual travellers are therefore required to carry their own EHIC, regardless of age.

You can apply for an EHIC at the Post Office or online by visiting www.ehic.org.uk. Your application should be processed within 7 days. You can also call the EHIC Application Line (0845 606 2030). Phone applications should be processed within 10 days.