This section is here to give you all the advice and information you need concerning travel health, with professional advice from a qualified nurse.
Backpacking your way around the world will be one of the best experiences of your life, but it is really important that you consider your health before and during your travels. Far too often it is a subject that people either overlook completely or get overly scared about, there doesn’t seem to be a middle ground on this issue. But it really doesn’t have to be like that at all, as with your personal security and safety, a little bit of knowledge and a bit of preparation can go a long way and keep you fit and healthy to enjoy your trip.
The following pages and articles aren’t here to scare you or act as a doomsayer that will negate any chance of anyone ever actually travelling anywhere, but they are here to give you some of the basic knowledge and information you will need to be aware of any risks and keeping yourself safe and healthy, and the best things you can do if you do get ill, or to minimize any potential risks of getting sick in the first place.
Pre Trip Health Tips.
Malaria and Antimalarials.
Insect Borne Diseases.
General Travel Health.
Travel Sickness and Illness.
Travel Injuries and First Aid.
Travel and Mental Health.
For further information see the Travel Health Pro (formerly NaTHNaC) website or the Centre of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. The NHS’ Fit For Travel is also an excellent resource for travellers.
Having as much information and understanding as possible is essential before you head out on your gap year, but remember that your own research should never be considered as a replacement for professional advice and information from a qualified health professional and you should still seek advice where needed, as your GP or specialist nurse will have access to your past medical history and other information unique to you that they can tailor any advice to.
My Online Travel Clinic is here to give you all the answers to your travel health questions from a qualified and registered specialist nurse.
Have you read all the information but still need a little more specific advice? Is there a travel health issue that you are worried about and need a little reassurance on? Need some information on malaria, or which vaccinations you will need? Is there a travel health issue you would like to ask about in complete confidence?
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