Travel Vaccinations and Travel Health Advice
Huge numbers of students decide to spend their gap year travelling the world, and it’s one of the best ways to broaden your horizons and experience more of what’s available on our wonderful planet. At home, we’re safely sheltered from most of the world’s nastiest diseases, but travelling the world can open you up to a number of medical conditions.
Most of us have heard of the diseases which can be caught in different countries, but how much do we really know about them and the damage they can cause? Catching a disease is easier than you think, and travel vaccination can help you have a safe trip.
Here are some of the main culprits which you can be vaccinated against.
This is essentially a serious form of salmonella poisoning, which is caught by ingesting contaminated food or drink. In severe cases, and if left untreated, it can be fatal.
This bacterial infection is potentially fatal if it crosses the blood-brain barrier, and although it occurs in the UK there are different strains in other parts of the world which inoculations will help to protect you against.
TBE is spread by ticks which bite humans, particularly in Eastern Europe, Austria and Sweden. Ticks live in or near woods and forests. Immunisation should be considered if you are visiting the countryside in risk areas and will be hiking, camping or spending a lot of time outside.
Japanese B Encephalitis
This is usually found around the Indian subcontinent and South East Asia, transmitted by mosquitoes. It usually results in flu-like symptoms but many people can develop encephalitis, which is an inflammation of the brain tissue. Japanese encephalitis is rare amongst travelers but a very serious disease if you contract it. If this happens, your risk of death or brain damage is particularly high, especially in younger people.
With so many potential diseases out there, it’s vital that you ensure you are vaccinated to help protect against any potential diseases that you could be exposed to on your travels. You can easily check which vaccinations or antimalarials you should consider for any countries you’re planning on visiting.
The service is operated by leading pharmacy-led Health and Beauty retailer, Boots, and it enables you to easily create a detailed itinerary of your trip, selecting the countries you’ll be visiting and the dates on which you plan to enter and exit those countries. It’ll then analyse your trip and let you know which particular diseases and infections are a risk in the countries you are visiting.
You can then book an appointment with a specially trained travel pharmacist from Boots, who’ll be able to speak to you in person to give more advice to help minimise your risk of being exposed to diseases. The pharmacist can provide any vaccinations or antimalarials you choose to have at the appointment, as well as providing advice on other aspects of travel health like bite prevention, sun safety and avoiding food and water borne disease.