If you regularly travel on business, like to take lots of holidays to far-off destinations or are just planning for a long-haul trip of a lifetime, then getting the right advice about your health can be important. What immunisations do you need? And will you have to take malaria tablets when you’re there?
If you want answers, then check out The Travel Doctor, a website set up by Welsh pharmacist Peter Rees. The site will help you to find out whether immunisations against diseases such as rabies, hepatitis, tetanus, typhoid and yellow fever are recommended or mandatory for hundreds of destinations around the world. It will also tell you whether you need to take precautions against malaria and the treatment you’ll need for that region.
The site goes into a lot of detail about the different malaria treatments, describing side effects and precautions about taking a particular drug if you’re pregnant, breast feeding or have other conditions like epilepsy.
There are clear sections giving guidance on common health problems encountered by travellers, such as heat stroke, altitude sickness, diarrhoea and insect bites.
There’s also information on how to survive a long flight and avoiding potentially life-threatening conditions such as deep vein thrombosis. I had no idea that you could catch head lice from previous passengers!
The author of the website is a keen diver, and there’s a separate section with information for scuba divers, including warnings about the use of certain antimalarial drugs like Lariam.
One section of the site allows you to input all the information for your upcoming trip, so you can get a personalised list of precautions and medication that you might need, although I didn’t try this.
The Travel Doctor is a very comprehensive website and should be in the browser shortcuts of any traveller.