Healthy Travel Advise

Prevent the most common travel related illnesses with precautions.

Checklist for the traveler depending on the destination:

  • Risk related to the area (urban or rural) causing diseases
  • Type of accomodation (hotel,camping etc.)
  • Length of stay
  • Altitude
  • Security problem (conflict area)
  • Vaccination status
  • Availability of medication and medical facilities
  • Medical insurance with appropriate cover abroad, including medical repatriation
  • Prevention

    You can help to prevent the most common travel related illnesses with simple precautions such as taking care with food and water and preventing insect bites.

    Food, Drink and Hygiene

    Good personal hygiene, including frequent hand washing is important to help to protect yourself. Safer eating and drinking habits can also make a difference.

    Many diseases are caught by consuming contaminated food or drink. These include Traveler's Diarrhea, Hepatitis A and Typhoid Fever.

    Travelers diarrhea is the most frequent illness associated with travel to developing countries, affecting 30-80% of travelers in the first two weeks of their trip. "Boil it, cook it, peel it, or forget it" is the golden rule.

    Advise

  • Drinking water: boil or sterilise it before use. Use bottled water and check the seal is intact on purchase. Use for drinking, washing food and for cleaning your teeth
  • Avoid both ICE CUBES and ICE CREAM unless you are sure that they are made from clean water
  • Avoid food which has been reheated, kept warm or exposed to flies
  • Avoid uncooked food unless you have prepared it YOURSELF
  • Shellfish is particularly hazardous
  • Remember that salads washed in untreated water will be unclean
  • Avoid un-pasteurized milk or boil it before use
  • Always wash hands before eating