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Personal health is a big concern for many travellers. Do make sure that you have the right travel insurance, and if you are travelling within Europe you should get a free European Health Card, which entitles you to reduced cost or free healthcare in many European Countries.

There are a number of places where you can find out which innoculations are required for a particular country -your GP will have an up-to-date list, or you can check online at Travel Doctor.

If you are going somewhere more remote, then you may wish to do more reading about possible risks (don't get put off!). Start with the World Health Organisation which gives detailed country profiles.You can buy detailed health briefing notes online with Masta.

If you are organising a group expedition that has a need for a doctor, then speak to Expedition Medicine.

Most importantly, if you exhibit unusual symptons on your return, then do see a doctor as soon as possible.

 Useful Sources:

  • -worldwide consultation with your doctor by e-mail and phone.
  • Expedition Medicine -provides training for expedition, wilderness, high altitude, mountain, remote, polar, jungle and desert medicine practitioners. Suitable for doctors, wilderness EMT's, first responders, nurses and individuals providing medical cover in remote or inhospitable environments far from help.
  • Fitfortravel -a public access website provided by the NHS (Scotland). It gives travel health information for people travelling abroad from the UK.
  • Hospital for tropical diseases -the only NHS Hospital dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of tropical diseases and travel related infections. The Hospital serves long and short term travellers, immigrants and British refugee populations.
  • International Society of Travel Medicine -ISTM is committed to the promotion of healthy and safe travel, including preventive and curative medicine within specialties such as tropical medicine, infectious diseases, high altitude physiology, travel related obstetrics, psychiatry, occupational health, military and migration medicine, and environmental health.
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine -aims to contribute to the improvement of health worldwide through the pursuit of excellence in research, postgraduate teaching and advanced training in national and international public health and tropical medicine, and through informing policy and practice in these areas.
  • Masta -Medical Advisory Services for Travellers Abroad. Advice on avoiding disease risks.
  • Medichecks -blood testing and screening for Travellers.
  • National Health Service -Health risks around the world and how to avoid them.
  • Travel Doctor -an interactive site that can design customised lists of travel medicine requirements for individuals or groups.
  • Travel Health -the independant UK travel health site.
  • World Health Organisation -travel information and health advice for international travellers from the WHO, with information on emerging and communicable diseases.

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