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19/10/2017

Why Do People Celebrate Diwali?

Every year, millions of people around the world come together to celebrate Diwali. Depending on where you live, you might have never come across the celebration of Diwali first hand. In the UK, the most prominent public celebrations take place in London and Leicester. But what is this festival all about? Why is it so important to those who celebrate it? We’ve put together this quick guide to help you better understand this wonderful, and colourful, festival. Who celebrates Diwali? The festival is celebrated by Sikhs, Hindus, Jains and Newar Buddhists. What... Read More

06/10/2017

UK Vaccine Shortages

Across the UK there are currently some major vaccine shortages 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 are... Read More

13/06/2017

Help Support The East Africa Famine Appeal

Travelpharm is proudly helping to sponsor and support the East Africa Famine Appeal. The Namdhari Sikh Sangat UK are working with the Namdhari Sangat East Africa as part of the East Africa Famine Appeal The Nairobi Sangat has already reached out to remote villages and provided 30 tonnes of supplies in April (2017)  to provide food, water and aid to those who are in need. Furthermore, a team of UK Sewadaars have kindly come forward and are going to be travelling to Kenya to work alongside the team of Sewadaars... 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

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