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Health Promotion - Travel Health

National Travel Health Network and Centre

The National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) promotes standards in travel medicine, providing travel health information for health professionals and the public.

Source: nathnac.org
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WHO - International travel and health

International travel and health
Disease information
Vaccines
Other travel health risks
General precautions
Mode of travel considerations

Source: who.int
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Medical Guidelines for Airline Travel, 2nd Edition

This publication was prepared by the Aerospace Medical Association Medical Guidelines Task Force. The information contained herein is for primary care and specialist physicians so they will be better prepared to advise patients who are contemplating air travel.

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Fit For Travel

'fitfortravel' is a public access website provided by the NHS (Scotland). It gives travel health information for people travelling abroad from the UK.

Source: fitfortravel.nhs.uk
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Foreign Travel Advice | Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Latest travel advice by country including safety and security, entry requirements, travel warnings and health

Source: gov.uk
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Travel Medicine (1)

This bulletin, the first of two dealing with travel medicine, focuses on some travel-related infectious diseases that frequently pose problems for the traveller.

Travel Medicine (2) Practical Issues for the Traveller

This bulletin will deal with frequently asked questions regarding pre-travel medical advice and also discuss the problem of illness in the returned traveller.

Source: stjames.ie
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Travel Medicine

Role of the pharmacist and sources of information

This is the first in a series of articles designed to prepare the community pharmacist to play an active, and in some circumstances leading, role in the important area of travel medicine. The aims of the series are to provide the necessary background information to enable pharmacists to provide effective health promotion to the travelling public, to raise awareness of the important issues in travel medicine, to discuss the provision of pharmaceutical and related supplies to various types of traveller, and to define areas where pharmacists can work with other health professionals. This first article provides an introduction to the subject

Travellers' diarrhoea

This is the second article in our series about travel medicine. It examines the epidemiology, aetiology and symptoms of travellers' diarrhoea and then describes the treatments available

Food and water hygiene for the traveller

This article, the third in our series about travel medicine, discusses the advice that can be given to travellers regarding safe food and water

Malaria

In this article, the fourth in our travel medicine series, the different forms of malaria and chemoprophylaxis are discussed. Choosing the best regimen for a traveller, along with the adverse effects of individual drugs and their contraindications are covered

Tropical disease and the traveller

In this fifth article in our travel medicine series, tropical diseases are discussed. Insect-borne diseases - diseases caused by arboviruses, filaria and protozoa - and tropical diseases of contact are covered

Bite avoidance

Insect bite avoidance is an important method of reducing the risk of contracting many of the tropical diseases covered in previous articles in this series. This article focuses on methods of bite avoidance

Travel vaccinations

Travellers planning a trip often make initial inquiries about vaccinations to pharmacists. This article covers characteristics, uses and dosing schedules of travel vaccines

Environmental hazards

Travellers should be aware of the dangers associated with exposure to extreme environmental conditions. This article focuses on acclimatisation and the managment of problems associated with travelling in hot climates and to high altitudes

Skin conditions associated with the sun and heat

This article covers the effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun on the skin and the preventive measures that can be taken to avoid skin damage.

Medical kits for travellers

Supply of an appropriate medical kit to travellers is an important role for pharmacists. Most holidaymakers should be advised to carry a basic first aid kit and a small selection of over-the-counter medicines. When travel to more exotic destinations is to be undertaken, a wider range of medical supplies might have to be considered. This article describes what factors should be taken into consideration when advising holidaymakers and travellers

Health problems associated with air and sea transport

This final article in our series on travel medicine looks at some of the problems encountered when travelling by air or sea. The general area of flight hygiene will also be discussed, together with measures that can be taken to avoid discomfort during the flight. Finally, fitness for flying, an important consideration for those with certain medical conditions, will be discussed

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Travel health - Live Well - NHS Choices

Travel illnesses and vaccinations
Before you travel
Safer sex on holiday
Travel insurance
Food and water abroad
How to beat jet lag
Preventing DVT when you travel
Travelling with children
Travelling with asthma
Travelling with cancer
Travelling with diabetes
Travelling with a heart condition

Source: nhs.uk
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Guidelines for malaria prevention in travellers from the UK

The guidelines are for healthcare workers who advise travellers, but may also be of use to prospective travellers who wish to read about the options themselves.

The Advisory Committee on Malaria Prevention (ACMP) prophylaxis guidelines are for UK-based visitors to malaria-endemic areas, and may not be appropriate for use by people who live in endemic areas.

These guidelines deal with malaria, but malaria prevention is only one aspect of pre-travel advice. An overall risk assessment-based package of travel health advice should be provided to the traveller.

Source: gov.uk
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Society for General Microbiology Briefing Paper - Malaria

Malaria is an infectious disease caused by a single-celled parasitic organism, Plasmodium, which infects the blood and liver.

Source: sgm.ac.uk
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Malaria and the traveller

There are two phases in the malaria life cycle (Figure 1); one occurring in the intermediate host (humans, birds, reptiles) and the other occurring in the definitive host (mosquitoes). This review will concentrate mainly on the intermediate host.

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Malaria: Information for people travelling overseas

This leaflet contains information about malaria and how to protect yourself and your family when travelling to malaria-risk countries

Source: gov.uk
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Epilepsy and anti-malarial medication

These measures are particularly important in people who have epilepsy, or have a history of epilepsy, because particular problems can occur when taking anti-malarial and anti-epileptic tablets together.

Source: epilepsyresearch.org.uk
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Contraindications to air travel - guidelines to GPs and physicians

Source: aviation-health.co.uk
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Airline index | European Lung Foundation Air Travel

The potential problems associated with lung diseases and air travel are well recognised. Most people with lung conditions are now able to safely enjoy the benefits of air travel if they plan their provisions in advance.

In this database, airlines are listed alphabetically, detailing their individual oxygen policies for passengers. Contact details, including website address and Twitter usernames, are provided for you to give feedback directly to the airlines.

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Managing passengers with stable respiratory disease planning air travel: British Thoracic Society recommendations

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Air Travel For People Affected By Chest, Heart & Stroke illness

This factsheets provides information about flying with a chest heart or stroke condition. It covers: medical clearance for flying, practical advice when planning a trip and keeping safe and comfortable on your journey. It also answers some common questions asked about flying with a chest, heart or stroke condition.

Source: chss.org.uk
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Holidays and travel - Heart health

According to expert guidance from the British Cardiovascular Society, most people with heart and circulatory disease can travel by air safely without risking their health.

Source: bhf.org.uk
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Travel - Diabetes UK

People with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can travel all over the world – diabetes is no barrier. Make the right preparations and you should be able to minimise any potential problems.

Source: diabetes.org.uk
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International travel and Parkinson’s

This information sheet provides advice on international travel for people with Parkinson's.

Many of the hints and tips come from, and have been tried and tested by, other people affected by Parkinson's.

Source: parkinsons.org.uk
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Travel advice for people with epilepsy

This information is for you if you have epilepsy and are planning on travelling. It has things for you to consider before you go. It also has information about flying.

Source: epilepsy.org.uk
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Travelling Abroad

Always take extra medication in case of an unexpected delay. Bear in mind that if you lose or run out of your anti-epileptic drugs, you may not get the same kind or brand of your medication. In addition, most travel insurances will not cover you for the loss of medication.

Source: epilepsyscotland.org.uk
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Travel and Inflammatory Bowel Disease

This information sheet sets out to answer some of the questions that you may have when thinking about going on holiday or on a business trip. It also includes suggestions for people who have a stoma or have had surgery.

Source: crohnsandcolitis.org.uk
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Travel and prostate cancer

This fact sheet is for men with prostate cancer who are thinking about going on holiday in the UK or abroad. We’ve included tips to help you prepare for your trip and guidance on how to arrange travel insurance. But we don’t support or recommend any one insurance company. Your partner and family might also want to read this so they can understand the issues.

Source: prostatecanceruk.org
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Travelling with PKU
Hints and Tips for Happy Holidays

This leaflet has been divided into sections:

  • General advice prior to travel
  • Tips for the journey
  • School and club trips
  • Self-catering or hotel?
  • Going abroad
  • Checklist
  • Other information available
  • Insurance
Source: nspku.org
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Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Scientific Impact Paper on Air Travel and Pregnancy

Source: rcog.org.uk
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Air travel and pregnany

This information is for you if you are pregnant and are thinking of travelling by air. The information is relevant for short haul (under four hours), medium and long haul (over four hours) flights.

Source: rcog.org.uk
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Airport full body scanners and pregnancy

Question
Is there any evidence of risk to pregnant women from full body scanners in airports?

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British Committee for Standards in Haematology Guidelines on travel-related venous thrombosis

The guideline was drawn up to inform practitioners in the UK who are involved in counselling patients regarding travel-associated venous thromboembolism (VTE). It aims to provide information on the incidence of thrombosis, risk factors for thrombosis and strategies for the prevention of thrombosis.

Source: bcshguidelines.com
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Preventing DVT When You Travel

This leaflet advises on how to reduce the risk of a deep vein thrombosis occurring during a long journey.

Source: patient.co.uk
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Travel and Thrombosis Information for Patients

The risk of blood clots triggered by travel and thrombosis has been given several different names over the last few years. It is now described as traveller’s thrombosis instead of economy class syndrome. Thrombosis as a result of prolonged immobility also occurs in association with long distance car rides, bus, rail and air travel. The longer the length of travel, the greater the risk.

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Traveller's Thrombosis

All travellers should take precautions to avoid getting a deep-vein thrombosis (DVT), not just those flying.

Source: thrombosis-charity.org.uk
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Travel-related deep vein thrombosis

Although the relationship between DVT and flights was identified half a century ago the condition has increasingly been in the public eye in recent years after media attention focussed on a number of cases of people suffering a DVT after flights.

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Getting an INR test abroad

A common question I find when answering the telephone for Anti Coagulation Europe is: ’Where can I go to have my INR while I am on holiday?’

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Immunisation against infectious disease: the green book

The Green Book has the latest information on vaccines and vaccination procedures for all the vaccine preventable infectious diseases that may occur in the UK.

Health professionals and immunisation practioners can keep up to date with developments in the field and updates to the Green Book through regular vaccine update news.

Source: gov.uk
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Vaccine Information Service

VIS (Vaccine Information Service) online is a comprehensive source of information, especially designed to provide healthcare professionals with the answers to their questions on vaccines, communicable diseases and healthy travel.

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Society for General Microbiology Briefing Paper - Travellers’ diarrhoea

Traveller's diarrhoea (TD) is the most common illness that affects international travellers. Each year 20–60% of globetrotters, an estimated 10 million people, develop this diarrhoeal illness.

Source: sgm.ac.uk
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Traveller's diarrhoea

This article features the diagnosis and management of diarrhoea in returned travellers to the UK.

Source: rcpe.ac.uk
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A Guide on Safe Food for Travellers
How to avoid illnesses caused by unsafe food and drink and what to do if you get diarrhoea

The advice given in this leaflet is important for every traveller, and of particular importance for high-risk groups i.e. infants and young children, pregnant women, elderly and immunocompromised individuals, including those with HIV/AIDS; persons in these groups are particularly susceptible to foodborne diseases.

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Traveller's Diarrhoea

Travellers' diarrhoea is diarrhoea that develops during, or shortly after, you have travelled abroad. It is caused by eating food, or drinking water, contaminated by microbes (germs) including bacteria, viruses and parasites.

Source: patient.co.uk
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Fever in the returning traveller

This review will focus on some of the more important imported infections, diagnostic clues from the history, examination and investigations, and important considerations in their management.

Source: rcpe.ac.uk
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Travel safe
Reducing the risk of getting a blood-borne infection when you’re abroad

This leaflet provides information and advice to help you avoid the risks of blood-borne infection abroad.

Source: nhs.uk
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Sun protection advice for tourists

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Tips for using sunscreen properly

No sunscreen, no matter how high the factor, can offer 100% protection.

Source: cancerresearchuk.org
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Protecting children from the sun

Young skin is delicate and very easily damaged by the sun. All children, no matter whether they tan easily or not, should be protected from the sun.

Source: cancerresearchuk.org
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