You’ve planned it, you’re looking forward to it but are you prepared for it? Your holiday health is just as important as where you’re going to spend it.
It is wise to just check the Foreign Office Website www.fco.gov.uk for any up to date advice on the country you are travelling to.
Foreign Office Tel: 0870 606 0290
One of the most important aspects of going on holiday is staying well to enjoy it; a quick trip to your travel nurse at your health centre may well be the best trip you take.
When you’re on holiday health is a significant part of it. All sorts of unexpected illnesses and diseases may pose a potential threat to your health and can be prevented by following professional advice. Some vaccinations need to be administered between six weeks and six months in advance to be effective, so it is important that you make an early appointment. The nurse will be able to tell you which vaccinations you will require as well as any hygiene precautions you may need to take.
Make sure you take enough of your regular medication with you as well a spare prescription.
If you are due to go on a long haul flight it is a good idea to purchase a pair of well-fitting anti-embolism socks/stockings and ensure you know what exercises to do to prevent DVT.
An essential which you need to take with you when visiting Europe and Switzerland is the EHIC – European Health Insurance Card (formerly E111).The card scheme covers short-term trips not extended stays and is issued to each individual member of a family. It only covers national healthcare as received by residents of the country you are visiting.It is valid for 5 years and only available to permanent UK residents. You will still need to take out travel insurance as the EHIC does not cover you for repatriation, expenses or accommodation.
Click here to apply for yours today.
EHIC Help Line :- 0845 605 070 or +44 191 212 7500 if abroad.