When planning your next getaway, what’s the first thing you think about? Perhaps you find your mind wandering to where you’re going to stay, what you’re going to do and everything you need to buy? One of the most important things to consider, though, is how you can protect the health of yourself and your family. If you’re a little unsure about what you need to do, dropping into your local travel clinic is a great first step to take.
It’s safe to say that vaccination has been at the forefront of all our minds this past year. Now that borders are steadily reopening and we’re able to jet off overseas once again, there may be more than your COVID-19 vaccine to consider. Pay a visit to our travel clinic in Bury to find out which (if any) additional vaccines you need to travel to your country of choice.
When travelling abroad, you may need to be vaccinated for a range of diseases that are more prevalent in your chosen destination than they are here in the UK. For example, you might need vaccinations for things like:
– Hepatitis A
– Hepatitis B
– Yellow fever
It’s also important to make sure your standard vaccinations are up to date. For example, be sure to double check that you’re not due boosters for MMR or seasonal flu. To find out which vaccinations are recommended for the area you’re visiting, take a look at NHS Fit to Travel, or pay a visit to our travel clinic in Bury. Our pharmacists can offer personalised advice on both vaccinations and a range of other considerations you should be aware of.
Both at home and abroad, it is important to ensure that you use plenty of SPF, even when the weather is cloudy. You can find out how to choose the right sunscreen for you here:
Aside from reducing your personal risk of becoming seriously ill, getting vaccinated reduces the chances of you spreading diseases to other unvaccinated individuals or back into the UK. In some cases, vaccine certificates are required to gain entry to a country. For example, if you’re traveling to Somalia, a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for everyone who has travelled through an airport in another country posing a risk of yellow fever transmission.
If you are looking to travel, you will also need a Covid PCR test before you go, as well as when you come back. You can find out more about our PCR testing below:
Taking the time to attend a travel clinic is not only beneficial from a vaccination point of view. Our Bury travel clinic can also provide the most up-to-date, comprehensive general travel and COVID-19 advice to keep your family fit and healthy. You can find out more about the vaccinations we offer below:
For certain vaccinations, you may need to have 2 spaced-out doses, or wait a few weeks to be fully protected. Therefore, it’s important you don’t leave your vaccinations until the last minute. To ensure you’re well prepared to travel safely, make sure to drop into our travel clinic in Bury at least 8 weeks before your planned departure date.