03 Nov 2015

Travelling for Diwali?

Advice for UK residents planning to celebrate Diwali abroad Travelling for Diwali?
NaTHNaC are reminding travellers who are planning to celebrate Diwali abroad, that careful preparation can help ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.

Advice for travellers

Check our Country Information pages for recommendations on travel vaccines, and malaria tablets, for information about disease outbreaks such as dengue and advice about some other potential risks at your destination. Also it is advisable to check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for information about your specific destination.

We advise that you book an appointment with your healthcare provider as soon as possible to discuss travel health advice for your trip (including advice on vaccination and malaria tablets if appropriate). If you have pre-existing health problems, you are advised to discuss your travel plans with your doctor or hospital specialist, even if a vaccine update or malaria tablets are not needed.

All travellers should ensure they have comprehensive travel health insurance. Be aware of personal safety particularly in crowded situations, around water and whilst driving, using public transport or taxis. Try to reduce the risk of illnesses spread by contaminated food and drinks, including travellers’ diarrhoea, by following food and water hygiene advice. Care should also be taken to avoid insect bites. If you are taking malaria tablets, remember to complete the whole course of tablets as recommended.

Be vigilant for any symptoms, such as fever or flu like illness, which require urgent medical attention. Individuals with fever, bloody diarrhoea or any other worrying symptoms, such as abdominal pain, confusion, jaundice (yellow skin and eyes) or a rash should seek urgent medical care.

Resources

Change to yellow fever vaccination certificate requirement for French Guiana

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is now required for all travellers aged 1 year or over going to French Guiana Read more

South Africa – Malaria: updated risk areas and advice

The risk areas for malaria transmission in South Africa have been reviewed by the South African authorities resulting in changes to guidance for UK travellers Read more

Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Democratic Republic of Congo

Update on case numbers and advice for travellers Read more

West Nile virus transmission season 2018

An early start to the transmission season and an upsurge of human cases in Europe and neighbouring countries is reported Read more

Avoidance of sexual transmission of Zika virus

Public Health England is reviewing the recommendations for the prevention of sexual transmission of Zika virus Read more
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