04 Feb 2019

Travelling for a winter holiday?

Advice for a safe and enjoyable trip Travelling for a winter holiday?

Whatever your travel plans comprehensive travel insurance is essential. Be aware of personal safety especially in crowds, around water and while using transport.

See our Country Information pages for specific advice about diseases and other potential risks at your destination, including dengue, malaria, yellow fever and Zika, which are all spread by mosquitoes. You should avoid insect bites and, if recommended, take malaria tablets.

You may need a yellow fever vaccine to protect you from this serious and potentially fatal virus, even if the country you are visiting does not ask for a yellow fever vaccine certificate.

Make an appointment with your travel health advisor as soon as you know you are travelling (last minute advice is still helpful) and remember to tell them all the countries you are visiting.

Sun exposure can damage skin, so use appropriate sun protection.

Carrying a suitable first aid kit is recommended. Be familiar with the contents and make sure it suits your destination and activities. Remember to take supplies of any usual medication - see our factsheet on travelling with medicines.

Contaminated food and water can transmit different infectious diseases.

Check out our food and water hygiene factsheet and be ready to treat travellers’ diarrhoea. Pack appropriate over- the-counter remedies, read our travellers’ diarrhoea factsheet and know when to seek medical advice.

Most travellers have a safe and enjoyable trip, but if you develop symptoms like fever, flu-like illness, prolonged or bloody diarrhoea, abdominal pain or a rash, during or after travel, get urgent medical attention.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office provide advice on Preparing for winter sports abroad #SkiSafe.

Resources

Malaria free certification: Uzbekistan and Paraguay

The World Health Organization has granted Uzbekistan and Paraguay certification of malaria elimination Read more

Polio: Public Health Emergency of International Concern

An update on the polio Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) Read more

Zika virus (ZIKV) update to guidance

The guidance on preventing sexual transmission of ZIKV and risk area classification has been reviewed Read more

Indonesia: recommendation for polio vaccination

Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) is confirmed in Papua province, Indonesia Read more

Diploma in Travel Health – a new educational opportunity for health professionals

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) launches new online programme in Travel Health jointly developed with National Travel Health Network and Centre Read more
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