Travel Advice

As soon as you have booked your holiday, it is essential to start gathering the information needed to protect your health (and that of any others travelling with you) on your forthcoming trip.

Please take time to fill in the pre travel questionnaire, found below, return it to the Health Centre and make an appointment at the travel clinic at least 1 week later, to enable us to plan your needs carefully.

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We run two travel health sessions – Tuesday 4pm-6pm and Friday 3pm-5pm

If you have had travel vaccines in the past you may only need a booster but some vaccines need to be administered as a course and take approximately 4- 6 weeks or longer, to complete, so it is important to make your appointment as soon as possible.

We also need to know if you have had any experience of malaria tablets so that we can give you the best advice possible.

Some vaccines for travel are available on the NHS. The cost of the main vaccines which we can administer and are not available on the NHS are:   

  • ‚Äč Hepatitis B (not occupational) £35 per dose
  •  Rabies £50 per dose
  •  Yellow Fever £60
  •  Oral Cholera £60
  •  Japanese Encephalitis £85 per dose
  •  Tick Borne Encephalitis £60 per dose

No vaccine is 100% effective and precautionary measures should always be taken.  If you suffer illness within three months of travel please contact your doctor informing them of your travel destinations.

Our nurse will advise how many doses you require to complete the recommended course. You will be given an invoice for vaccines that require payment and these must be paid for at the time of administration.

If you are unable to come to our travel health sessions, there are other providers available locally, please see web sites below for help.

Useful Information Sources

Travel Klinix Coventry Tel 02476 016 519 

http://www.travelklinix.com

Fit for Travel

http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home.aspx

National Travel Health Network & Centre

www.nathnac.org

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

www.fco.gov.uk

MASTA  Tel 09065 501402 for advice 0330 1004303 for clinic.

www.masta-travel-health.com

Identity and Passport Service  www.ips.gov.uk

General Health Information Prior to and During Travel

Vaccines

Vaccines help to protect against some travel related illnesses but there are lots of other simple ways of staying healthy when travelling. The better prepared you are, the better protected you will be during your trip. We advise that you do some research yourself so that you have a good understanding of the risks that your trip may incur.

Food and Water

Personal hygiene, wash your hands thoroughly after going to the toilet and before eating or handling food. It is a good idea to take sanitising hand gel with you if you are going to remote parts.

If you are in doubt of the drinking water quality, use bottled water, preferably carbonated, or previously boiled and sterilised water.

Avoid ice cubes and local ice cream.

As far as food is concerned, “boil it, cook it, peel it or forget it.”

Avoid food that has been kept warm; eat freshly cooked food that is “piping hot”.

It is also sensible to pack some oral rehydration sachets and tablets for diarrhoea.

Safe Sex

Unprotected sex carries the risk of transmission of sexually transmitted diseases. Condoms provide protection.

Alcohol and drug misuse lower inhibitions and can lead to risky behaviour!

Sun Protection

Sun burn and sun stroke can ruin your trip and cause long term damage to your skin. Use appropriate sun cream and remember to apply frequently and after swimming.

When sunscreen and DEET are used together, DEET should be applied after sunscreen. The effectiveness of repellent reduces more rapidly than sunscreen, therefore, repellent may have to be reapplied on top of sunscreen.

If using sunscreen and repellent together, use SPF 30-50 sunscreen to allow for the reduction in SPF caused by DEET repellent.

Avoid exposure during the hottest part of the day and wear a wide brimmed hat.

DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis)

There is evidence that long haul flights or long periods of immobility may increase the risk of DVTs. It is important to avoid dehydration by not drinking too much alcohol and drinking plenty of water. Take as much exercise as you are able to during your journey.

Insect bites

Apart from being a nuisance insect bites can spread diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, Zikka virus, dengue fever and Japanese encephalitis. Please seek medical advice before you travel if you are going to a high risk country.

Bite avoidance is the first line of defence so keep your skin covered, consider using an impregnated mosquito net and use a reliable 30 – 50 % DEET based insect repellent.

Antihistamine creams and tablets may help with the itching and inflammation of insect bites.

Animal bites

Animal bites can be a risk for tetanus so it is important that routine immunisations are up to date.

Rabies is present in many countries and is almost always fatal. It is transmitted via saliva of infected animals; therefore avoid contact with animals both wild and domesticated during your trip. If bitten wash the area with soap or detergent for about 5 minutes and seek urgent medical attention. For those at higher risk such as long term travellers, back packers and aid workers rabies vaccination is available.

First Aid kit

It is sensible to consider taking a small first aid kit with you and if necessary a sterile medical kit which contains needles and syringes.

Health and Travel Insurance

Ensure that you have the correct insurance for your trip and that you declare your current health problems. Make sure that there are adequate funds to cover your activities should you have an accident whilst you are away. Your travel insurance should also cover you for repatriation, should the need arise.