23 October 2012
Half-term holiday advice: October 2012
With half-term starting in many parts of the UK, here is a quick reminder about some current health issues:
Healthcare and insurance
You need comprehensive health insurance, as most countries do not have free healthcare. Apply for a European Health Insurance Card if you are visiting European Union countries - but remember this only covers you for emergencies, you still need separate travel health insurance.
Road safety rules can be more relaxed in some regions, so take extra care as a pedestrian and when driving.
Do not swim alone, after dark, after drinking alcohol or taking drugs and always supervise children in or near water. Check local advice on tides and safe places to swim.
Always check the water depth before diving and never dive into a swimming pool from a balcony - this is very dangerous.
Food and water hygiene
Illnesses spread by food and water, including hepatitis A, are more common in some countries.
Check NaTHNaC’s country information pages to see which vaccines are recommended. Follow good food and water hygiene advice as some illnesses such as travellers’ diarrhoea cannot be prevented by vaccines.
Insect spread illness
West Nile virus is reported every year in Europe and the USA - there has been an increase in the number of cases this year; West Nile virus: advice for travellers to USA, Europe and neighbouring countries.
On your return, see a doctor immediately if you have a fever or experience any unusual symptoms.