For most travellers a common-sense approach to your health whilst abroad will ensure a trouble free visit, and the chances are that you will feel far healthier and fitter after your than holiday than before. Food in South East Asia is both nutritious and healthy, with an emphasis on rice and noodles accompanied by fresh vegetables, meats, seafood and an abundance of fresh fruit.
It honestly isn’t just a myth that you are more likely to get an upset tummy shying away from local cuisine and street food than you are by taking the lead from the locals.
Whilst planning a trip to Asia it is important to consider the possible requirement for vaccinations and immunisations. Most importantly, we stress that you should visit your GP or doctor well before you depart since you will most probably require vaccinations for your trip. If you have travelled recently and believe that you are already up-to-date with your vaccinations, it is still worth checking as vaccinations have a varying life span.
More specific details relating to advice on vaccination is provided once you have booked your holiday, but the following guidelines are worth considering:
Since 1940 children in the UK have been routinely immunised against diphtheria. However both adults and children are advised to check with their doctor if booster vaccinations may be required.
Since 1961 children in the UK have been routinely immunised against tetanus. However both adults and children are advised to check with their doctor if booster vaccinations may be required.
Vaccination against hepatitis A is recommended before travelling to Asia.
Typhoid is extremely rare but does occasionally occur in the UK, with about 25 cases reported per year. Due to its rarity it is not usual for UK residents to be routinely vaccinated, but it is common in Asia and therefore vaccination is recommended before travelling.
The most commonly asked health-related question concerns malaria and whether or not to take anti-malaria tablets…the only answer we can give is to consult your GP and follow their advice on malaria precautions for your holiday.
Travelling with children
Please consult your GP or family doctor for further information on how best to protect your family against illness when travelling abroad.