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30/01/2018

Isn’t It Time To Start Planning That Family Holiday?

The year may be young, but now is the ideal time to start planning your family holiday. Not only can you get a better deal or holiday package by booking earlier, but you can also plan around the school calendar and include Bank Holidays to get that extra day off added to your holiday timetable. So what dates do you need to know? Well for starters you need to think about your children and the school year! School Calendar: Be sure to check with your child’s school as to when the... Read More

26/01/2018

Drug Resistant Typhoid Fever In Hyderabad

Emergency vaccinations are underway as drug-resistant Typhoid Fever hits Hyderabad. Typhoid, as discussed the other week, is a bacterial infection caused by a strain of Salmonella (Salmonella Typhi) and globally can be attributed to 128,000 deaths annually. Symptoms of Typhoid include: High fevers Stomach pain Headaches In some cases there is even a noticeable rash. Clinical diagnosis is done by a blood test or analysis of a stool sample. Hyderabad, a major city in India is currently in the grip of a Typhoid crisis with cases emerging that have become resistant to... Read More

24/01/2018

Measles Outbreaks On The Rise, What Can We Do About It?

The number of measles cases in the UK is on the rise, so what can be done about it? When we think of travel and travel health risks/diseases, Measles is probably not one that comes to mind. But elsewhere in the world, Measles is responsible for approximately 90,000 deaths per year. Public Health England has unfortunately reported 120 cases of measles circulating in the UK in recent months. The areas affected are West Yorkshire, Cheshire, Liverpool, West Midlands, Surrey and Greater Manchester. Interestingly these cases have links to European travel... Read More

23/01/2018

What Is Chikungunya & How Do I Avoid It?

As of the 4th January 2018, there have been 69 reported cases of Chikungunya virus in Mombassa. What Is Chikungunya? Chikungunya is a viral illness transmitted by mosquitos. The onset of symptoms with Chikungunya is usually quick, approx 3-7 days after being bitten. Most patients are likely to report high fevers, aching joints, viral rashes, muscle pains, headaches and fatigue. The disease is usually very debilitating but in most scenarios lasts only a few days. However, in some cases, the disease can progress to be more serious, and some patients may... Read More

06/10/2017

UK Vaccine Shortages

Across the UK there are currently some major vaccine shortages of which are causing disruption for patients wishing to have NHS or private vaccinations. Uh-oh, vaccine shortages! You may think that vaccines are only given by your GP at the local GP surgery but you are incorrect!  Many pharmacies and private clinics provide vaccines and people use these clinics because not all vaccines are available from your GP and for some people the convenience of a private clinic/pharmacy is more important. Unfortunately, our partner sites Manor Pharmacy and Peak Pharmacy... Read More

31/03/2017

Staying Water Safe On Your Travels

The choice can be bewildering, and you may even think what’s the point? World travel presents many issues and getting access to safe and reliable clean water sources is a major issue for locals and travellers alike. Usual guidance suggests you should avoid tap water. The logical step is to stick to bottled water, but how clean is the bottled water and how easy is it to obtain? A study in Pakistan found that 8 brands of 71 sampled were unsafe for human consumption. So if the bottled water is not... Read More

13/03/2017

Travelling & Understanding Yellow Fever

Are you travelling to a country that puts you at risk of contracting yellow fever? I recently attended an update for my Yellow Fever training and felt it appropriate to write a little something about travelling and Yellow Fever, its distribution around the world and to provide some links to ongoing outbreaks. What Is Yellow Fever? Yellow Fever is a tropical disease spread by mosquitoes and is found in sub-Saharan Africa and South and Central America.  It is not found in Asia and I will touch on this again shortly.... Read More

15/02/2017

Choosing The Right Insect Repellent

Insect repellents are available in various forms and concentrations. Many skin preparations are available, mostly containing di-ethyltoluamide (DEET). DEET has been proven to be the most effective in preventing mosquito bites so it is the repellent of choice in areas with diseases such as malaria and dengue. For those allergic to DEET, alternatives include Dimethyl Pthalate (contained in ‘shoo’) or Eucalyptus oil (contained in ‘Mosiguard’). Are there different forms of protection? Aerosol and pump-spray products are available which are suitable for treating clothing – if using these on skin it... Read More

30/01/2017

How To Avoid Insect & Mosquito Bites

Biting insects & mosquitoes can spread diseases such as Malaria, Yellow fever, Dengue fever, Japanese Encephalitis and West Nile Virus. There is a range of malaria tablets available to help treat and prevent Malaria. But did you know that there are also other simple, essential precautions that you can take to avoid being bitten, which reduces the risk of you picking up a deadly disease? KNOCK DOWN PRODUCTS: Use mosquito and insect killing or “knock down” products in the bedroom. Regular use of these products is necessary so that the... Read More

10/01/2017

5 Essential Travel Accessories You Must Pack

Getting the balance between travelling light and packing the essentials can be difficult. When travelling abroad you want to ensure that you have packed everything you need for a comfortable journey. While there are some items that you will be able to replenish or pick up on the way, there are some items that might not be readily available to you. That’s why it is vital that when you are packing your case or bag that you have the essential accessories that will enhance your travel experience. It’s always wise... Read More