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Travel Health: Plan Ahead

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You’ve packed the camera, sun tan lotion and condoms but did you remember some common sense?

Travelling abroad is an exciting experience but with so many things to see and do, the basics like health and safety are often taken for granted.

Roughly 17 million Britons go abroad in summer and about one in four of them fall ill. The most common problems are sunburn, diarrhoea, mosquito bites, accidents and sexually transmitted infections.

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If you are planning to travel abroad you will find more information on the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

Alternatively you can make an appointment to discuss your health risks and recommended vaccinations with your practice nurse or GP.

Travel kit checklist

* Antiseptic
* Sun block
* After-sun lotion
* Insect repellent
* Condoms
* Antihistamines
* Anti-diarrhoea pills
* Rehydration sachets
* First aid pack