£2.3million immigration hall upgrade plans at Bristol Airport

£2.3million immigration hall upgrade plans at Bristol Airport

Monday, 24 October 2016 14:00

Following ...

Intrepid targets socially conscious Gen Z with new Geckos age-range

Intrepid targets socially conscious Gen …

Monday, 24 October 2016 11:00

30 year olds will be ‘too old’ for Geckos Adventures next year, as the Intrepid Group has announced that it will cut the age range to meet a growing demand...

New survey reveals just one in 12 Brits manage to wangle an upgrade

New survey reveals just one in 12 Brits …

Monday, 24 October 2016 08:40

New research from Jetcost.co.uk has revealed that only 8% of British travellers have actually managed to secure a free upgrade for their holiday, with flight upgrades and hotel room upgrades...

Just You launches travel trade solo experience

Just You launches travel trade solo expe…

Friday, 21 October 2016 14:00

Just You has announced its largest investment to support the travel trade with the launch of 200 joint marketing events to promote solo travel.

Spontaneous people are happier according to Snaptrip survey

Spontaneous people are happier according…

Friday, 21 October 2016 11:00

Spontaneous people are often believed to lead more exciting or glamorous lifestyles and a new study has confirmed that they are happier in all aspects of their lives.

Top Brighton attractions on Combi-Saver tickets for half term

Top Brighton attractions on Combi-Saver …

Friday, 21 October 2016 09:00

Visitors to Brighton this October half term can save up to 20% on its top three paid-for attractions with combination tickets now available for British Airways i360, SEA LIFE Brighton...

Free cabin upgrades with Cosmos Tours

Free cabin upgrades with Cosmos Tours

Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:00

There still’s time for agents to book a Croisieurope river cruise for their customers with a free cabin upgrade on a range of river cruises throughout Europe, when booked with...

Last minute autumn breaks available at Haven

Last minute autumn breaks available at H…

Thursday, 20 October 2016 11:00

Agents can still give their customers a last minute family break this autumn from £99 when booking a Haven holiday between now and November 5.

Skiers urged to head east for best piste costs reveals new report

Skiers urged to head east for best piste…

Thursday, 20 October 2016 08:00

Cash-conscious skiers can avoid the slippery slope of higher prices for their annual downhill trip by heading to ski resorts in Eastern Europe.

Design an anniversary poster for DFDS competition

Design an anniversary poster for DFDS co…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:00

Ferry operator, DFDS, is putting out a call to professional and amateur artists to create a poster that will be used in their 150th anniversary celebrations this year.

Savings on worldwide adventures with Explore

Savings on worldwide adventures with Exp…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 11:00

Explore has launched a new collection of worldwide adventures with a launch offer of up to 10% discount on all new trips booked by November 7.

New route to Seattle makes it one to watch for 2017

New route to Seattle makes it one to wat…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 09:12

Seattle is expected to be one of the fastest growing US destinations for UK travellers next year with a Virgin Atlantic direct non-stop daily flight launching March 2017, new hotel...

Air Transat launches 2017 programme with increased connections across Canada

Air Transat launches 2017 programme with…

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 14:04

Air Transat has expanded its programme of flights from the UK to Canada with increased capacity and connections for travel in 2017.

Oceania Cruises reduces single supplement fares

Oceania Cruises reduces single supplemen…

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 14:02

Oceania Cruises has launched a reduced single supplement promotion for solo travellers, with guests offered single supplements fares from 25% on seven itineraries, booked before December 31.

Mall of America welcomes arrival of MythBusters

Mall of America welcomes arrival of Myth…

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 14:00

Running throughout autumn until January 15, 2017, visitors can ignite their curiosity and discover whether they can really huff and puff to blow a house down; if running in the...

Emirates to launch new daily service to Fort Lauderdale

Emirates to launch new daily service to …

Monday, 17 October 2016 11:00

Emirates has announced that it will launch a daily service between Dubai and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, on December 15, serving the South Florida area, including Fort Lauderdale, Miami and...

Increasing globalisation means that more of us are travelling further afield than ever before. Many of these journeys are to developing and emerging markets, which can present significant medical risks.

Add in the approach of the winter holidays and the propensity to book long-haul flights, often to unfamiliar destinations. Each day at International SOS, our 27 global assistance centres take thousands of calls from our members seeking travel advice. A frequent topic this time of year is how to thwart health risks.
Extra vigilance, pre-travel education and advance vaccination planning can go a long way towards preserving wellness. From a corporate health perspective, companies that assign employees to work in locations with endemic health risks or that have employees performing safety-sensitive jobs, must take a consistent, protective approach to reduce instances of sickness and injury.
In such cases, advance planning is crucial to minimise potential medical threats associated with travelling and vaccination scheduling is a big part of the process. It is recommended that travellers should start scheduling their vaccinations at least six to eight weeks in advance, as some inoculations, such as those for hepatitis A and B, and typhoid fever, require multiple doses to be effective.
Doing your homework before a trip is a great way to prepare and help protect your health. In addition, it’s worth considering the following advice on vaccinations to help travellers be savvier:
Contact a travel health specialist –The latest disease outbreaks and vaccine requirements worldwide can change quickly. Seek advice from a travel health specialist whose job it is to stay informed on the risks associated with different destinations. These professionals have the most current information on new outbreaks of infectious disease in different countries (and areas within countries), and can provide clear guidance on how to prepare for potential health risks.
Know your vaccine categories – When travellers are considering vaccinations they are often unaware that these are split into three categories. The first relates to those vaccines that are “required” to enter a particular country. Yellow fever is the most common required vaccine. For these vaccinations, it is compulsory that travellers show a vaccination booklet proving they have obtained the appropriate inoculations. If you do not have a required vaccine, you may be refused entry into the country or offered the vaccine on arrival. However, it is not advisable to have a vaccine administered by a health provider with which you are unfamiliar.
The secondary category of vaccines is “recommended”. These help keep you as safe as possible, but are not compulsory for country entry. Vaccines for Japanese encephalitis, rabies, typhoid and polio are examples in this category. These and other serious diseases may be more common in your destination than they are at home, and “recommended” vaccinations can help you avoid infection.
The third category comprises routine vaccinations – these are the one you are given as a child or receive on a regular basis as an adult. Vaccines for measles-mumps-rubella, varicella (chicken pox), influenza and tetanus are part of this classification. Routine vaccinations should be up-to-date before you travel to any destination.
Know what specific vaccinations you need for the country you are visiting – Both “required” and “recommended” vaccinations differ country by country, and sometimes change if there is an outbreak of a particular disease.  Our corporate members can access individual Country Guides that state, on a nation-by-nation basis, the specific vaccinations you should consider. For example, hepatitis A is usually recommended for every traveller regardless of their destination, whilst rabies and typhoid vaccines are only advised for certain countries. Also important to remember is that not all illnesses are preventable via vaccination, for example malaria and giardiasis. Our Country Guides provide additional education on what you can do to avoid infection.
When booking a trip to a new destination, mitigating medical risk should be among your first thoughts along with arranging transport and choosing a hotel room.  Making sure that you talk to a travel health specialist and obtain the correct jabs well in advance is absolutely key in order for your trip to go smoothly.

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