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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

18/10/2016

How To Buy Anti-Malaria Tablets Online Safely

Have you ever wanted to buy your prescription travel medicines online? For years the process of buying your travel medicines has meant that a trip to your doctors was required every time. But things have changed over recent years and now it is more convenient and cheaper than ever to buy your medicines online! Travelpharm offer an Online Consultation service to make it simple and convenient for you to get hold of your anti-malaria tablets without having to book a visit with your doctor. Our online consultation service means that... Read More

16/08/2016

The World’s Most Scariest Bridges

If you are not a fan of heights, you may not want to scroll down any further. Most of the time we don’t think twice when crossing bridges, especially if we are travelling by car. You rarely get too close to the edge to see over the sides, so you feel safe in your crossing. But what about those bridges that let you see a little more than you’d like? The ones crossing vast gorges with wire framed sides. Or how about the rope bridges you need to cross on... Read More

07/07/2016

Do I Need A Travel Vaccination For My Holiday?

Have you ever considered that you may require special vaccinations when travelling abroad? If you have booked your next holiday outside of the UK, you may need to be vaccinated against travel-related infections such as yellow fever, typhoid, hepatitis A or B and meningitis. If you are travelling to countries in central Europe, Australia or North America, you are unlikely to need travel vaccinations. But what about those countries where the risk is much higher? Some countries require you to have a Certificate of Vaccination before you enter, especially if... Read More

23/06/2016

Stay Healthy On The Road To Rio 2016

The 2016 summer Olympics and Paralympic games will take place in Rio, Brazil from August 5th through to September 18th. If you plan on visiting Brazil for the summer Olympics this year, it is important to take note of the following recommendations in order to stay healthy. Brazil is currently experiencing an outbreak of the Zika virus, and in some areas contains a high risk of malaria. Therefore it is highly important to take precautions against biting insects. The best way to avoid mosquito and other biting insects is by... Read More

19/05/2016

Zika Virus Expected to Spread to Europe

The Zika Virus is set to spread into Europe by the summer according to the World Health Organisation. The World Health Organisation (WHO) have stated that the risk of a Zika Virus outbreak in Europe is likely in the spring and summer, with an overall risk of low to moderate. While this risk varies across the Region, it is higher risk in countries where Aedes mosquitoes are present, such as Madeira Island (Portugal) and the north-eastern Black Sea coast. Other countries that carry a risk of outbreak are France, Italy,... Read More