12 Oct 2017

Travelling for Diwali

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Advice for travellers

Check our Country Information pages for recommended vaccines, malaria tablets, for information about disease outbreaks such as dengue and advice about other health risks.

Last minute advice is still helpful - so see your healthcare provider as soon as possible to discuss your trip. Vaccines and malaria tablets, if needed, can be given just before travel. If you have any medical conditions, discuss your travel plans with your doctor or hospital specialist, even if vaccines or malaria tablets are not required.

Reduce your risk of illnesses spread by contaminated food and drinks, including travellers’ diarrhoea, by following food and water hygiene advice

Take care to avoid insect bites. If you are taking malaria tablets, remember to complete the course of tablets as recommended.

Be vigilant for symptoms, such as fever or flu like illness, which need urgent medical attention. Travellers with fever, bloody diarrhoea, abdominal pain, confusion, jaundice (yellow skin and eyes) or a rash need to seek immediate emergency advice from a doctor or clinic.

Make sure you have comprehensive travel health insurance. Be aware of personal safety, especially in crowds, around water and while driving, using public transport or taxis. Check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for safety and security information about your destination.

Resources

Country requirements for an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP): key changes for 2018

TravelHealthPro has been updated to reflect updates to yellow fever recommendations and certificate requirements Read more

Imported malaria cases in the United Kingdom in 2017

Public Health England publishes 2017 imported UK malaria cases Read more

Public Health England post-exposure rabies treatment guidance published

Updated guidelines on rabies post-exposure treatment Read more

PHE update Yellow fever - Chapter 35 of the Green Book

Public Health England publishes update to Immunisation against infectious disease (Green Book) Yellow fever chapter online on 14 June 2018 Read more
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