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Travel Health Blog

15th September 2016

Travel Aware: Advice for British travellers from the FCO

Beverley Tompkins

More and more people travel overseas and with access to information via Wi-Fi and data roaming increasing, travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has evolved.

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5th September 2016

6 Top Tips for a Healthy and Safe Hajj

Beverley Tompkins

Read the 2016 guide on staying healthy and safe while travelling for Hajj. 6 Top Tips from the experts at Nomad...

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19th August 2016

Meningitis at University - Get the ACWY Vaccine

Beverley Tompkins

Since 2009, Meningitis W infection has been on the rise among young people of 14 – 18 years? Outbreaks are commonly occuring in University and College student populations.

If you're heading off to University or College this September, read on to find out more about the disease and protect yourself by getting vaccinated with a 10% student discount at any of our travel clinics.

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18th August 2016

Zika Virus - Sexual Transmission & Pregnancy

Beverley Tompkins

There is an ongoing outbreak of Zika virus infection, mostly in South and Central America and the Caribbean. Symptoms of Zika infection include: fever, rash, joint and muscle pain, conjunctivitis, headache and lower back pain. In most people Symptomatic Zika virus infection is typically mild and short-lived however there is particular risk for women who are pregnant or who are planning a pregnancy due to the risks of Zika virus affecting the developing fetus.

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19th July 2016

Road Safety and Road Traffic Accidents Abroad

Beverley Tompkins

None of us like the thought of road traffic accidents (RTAs) abroad and very few of us consider that we could be involved in one ourselves, but the reality is that accidents happen on the roads across the world. In developing countries with poor infrastructure and road safety laws travellers are at a greater risk of incidents on the road. To help keep you safe, the important thing is to be aware of the risks and know how to reduce them. So please read on...

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31st May 2016

Travellers’ Diarrhoea in the Older Traveller

Beverley Tompkins

Travellers’ diarrhoea (TD) is the most common illness for travellers visiting developing countries. The most common cause of TD are bacterial infections such a E.coli and Campylobacter. Due to a natural decline in immunity in older people, older travellers are more likely to experience TD than younger travellers and need to be prepared prior to travel to reduce and manage the risk of infection.

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19th April 2016

Schistosomiasis (Bilharzia)

Beverley Tompkins

In terms of its impact, Schistosomiasis is second to malaria as the most devastating parasitic infection. Schistosomiasis (also known as Bilharzia) is a parasitic disease caused by flatworms. Larval forms of the parasites are released by freshwater snails in untreated water (lakes and rivers). They burrow through the skin of people who are in contacted with the contaminated water.

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14th April 2016

Zika Virus and Pregnancy

Professor Larry Goodyer

Zika Virus continues to spread in North & South America, the Caribbean and has even reached Europe. Nomad Medical Director, Professor Larry Goodyer, has news on the latest developments in our understanding of ZIka Virus and it's effects on pregnancy.

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9th March 2016

Bed Bugs - Did You Know...

Beverley Tompkins

Bed bugs are found worldwide and are significant problem for many travellers. They are often found in hostels but can also make their way to quality clean hotels taking a ride in suitcases and backpacks. They can even make it onto planes! Recently it was reported that a British airways passenger plane was taken out of service after there was an outbreak of bedbugs on a flight from the US to London. Passengers claimed they were bitten and spotted eggs.

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1st March 2016

Unbeatable Medical Kits

Patrick Hutton

Patrick Hutton is an explorer/adventurer whose escapades have taken him on expeditions through jungles, over mountain ranges and across deserts, on every continent except Antarctica. The one piece of kit Patrick won't travel without? A Nomad Medical Kit! Here, he tells us why Nomad kits really are unbeatable...

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2nd February 2016

Zika Virus FAQs

Beverley Tompkins

Zika has made headline news over the past few weeks, but what is the real threat to travellers visiting the Americas from the UK? And, what precautions should be made by travellers and those whom are pregnant or planning pregnancy? Here are some frequently asked questions and answers raised in our Nomad travel clinics.

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29th January 2016

Zika Virus

Professor Larry Goodyer

There has been widespread concern regarding Zika Virus, with cases now being reported in Europe as well as continuing outbreaks in North & South America. There have been smaller numbers of cases in Asia. Nomad Medical Director, Professor Larry Goodyer, has the following advice for travellers.

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20th January 2016

Counterfeit Medication. Don't get caught out!

Beverley Tompkins

Many travellers like to think that an accident or illness could happen abroad and because of this there are many of us depart on our trip without any appropriate first aid including medications. Did you know that counterfeit/ substandard medicines are a major worldwide problem?

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22nd October 2015

Backpacking Guide

Beverley Tompkins

Here at Nomad, we've been getting backpackers properly prepared for travel for over 25 years. We're able to provide backpackers with the best travel health, safety and kit advice and have created this helpful guide to get you ready for your big adventure.

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14th September 2015

25 Years of Travel Medicine: then, now & the future

Professor Larry Goodyer

In many respects Nomad actually started at the same time as ‘Travel Medicine’ become a formally recognised discipline at the end of the 1980s. Previous to that point as a medical speciality it was considered to be a branch of Tropical Medicine and there were virtually no specialist clinics like Nomad, with GPs and nurses simply concerned with administering the vaccines. There were no training courses in the subject anywhere in the world. When I started to specialise in the area at that time there was no single medical textbook and I picked up most of my knowledge from reading Richard Dawoods first edition of ‘Travel Health’. I was honoured to contribute myself to the second edition and published my own textbook in 2003.

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12th August 2015

Preparing for Hajj & Umrah

Beverley Tompkins

Preparation for Hajj and Umrah is vital for a safe and enjoyable pilgrimage. There are many different health risks and hazards that pilgrims are exposed to and the majority cannot be prevented by vaccination! Here are Nomad’s top travel tips for a safe and healthy pilgrimage-

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22nd July 2015

Travel Health Bulletin:

Important Hajj guidance on MERS-CoV, and Zika Virus

Beverley Tompkins

In this summer edition we look at the emerging Mers Coronavirus and the advice we should be providing those travellers at risk. We take a look at Zika virus, an emerging mosquito borne infection and the latest from Nomad Travel Clinics.

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18th June 2015

Travel Health Bulletin:

Guidance on risk assessing Japanese Encephalitis

Beverley Tompkins

This month we look at Japanese Encephalitis and the difficulties faced when risk assessing, some facts about Acetazolamide and the latest news from across Nomad Travel Clinics.

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9th June 2015

Bug Off Campaign at Heathrow

Ruth Mitchell

Nomad had a brilliant time at Heathrow airport this week, working alongside friends from arctec at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). We were there to support LSHTM in their Bug Off 2015 campaign – which aims to educate the public on the importance of protecting themselves from insect bites when travelling abroad.

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28th May 2015

Travel Health Bulletin:

Yellow Fever and Tick Borne Encephalitis vaccinations

Beverley Tompkins

Welcome to our May Edition of ‘Travel Health Bulletin’ our new name for your monthly e-newsletter from Nomad Travel. In our 5th edition of the year we look at Yellow Fever and Tick Borne Encephalitis  vaccines. Both very important vaccines for many travellers.

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15th May 2015

Rabies I.D.

Beverley Tompkins

The Rabies vaccine is one of the most important and yet one of the most expensive travel vaccinations available. For some the cost of a course of Intramuscular (IM) Rabies vaccines is just too expensive leading many high risk travellers to depart to their trip unprotected. Intradermal (ID) Rabies vaccinations offer a more affordable alternative for travellers. Less of the vaccine is needed and therefore it costs a lot less, however there are only a few travel health clinics in the UK offering this service.

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17th April 2015

Travel Health Bulletin:

Oral Typhoid and the Facts about Intradermal Rabies

Beverley Tompkins

Welcome to our April Edition of Travel Talk. This month we look at Vivotif, the oral typhoid vaccine that is now being offered by the majority of travel clinics during the current Typhoid shortage and some facts about intradermal rabies vaccine.

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16th April 2015

The Returning Traveller

Stephanie Shea

Over the last few years there has been a steady rise in travellers seeking an alternative holiday outside of Europe. Places such as South East Asia have become a popular place to visit. With these new places come added risks such as typhoid to the normal traveller and often people are unaware of these hidden risks. Preparation is key and prevention is better than cure!

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18th March 2015

Travel Health Bulletin:

Rabies, MMR and the Most Affordable Yellow Fever Vaccination

Beverley Tompkins

Welcome to our March edition of Travel Talk. This month, we look at rabies infection and why many travellers should consider vaccination, plus why MMR is an important travel vaccine and the latest news across Nomad Travel clinics.

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17th March 2015

Chikungunya Virus

Beverley Tompkins

Chiqungunya is a mosquito-borne viral infection carried by the Aedes Mosquito. These mosquitos are most active during the daytime hours and around dawn and dusk. When an Aedes mosquito feeds on the blood of a person infected with chikungunya, the virus is transmitted to the mosquito. Within 8 to 10 days the mosquito can then transmit the virus to another person and is able to do this for the rest of its life. Infection cannot be spread directly from one person to another. These mosquitoes can find indoor breeding sites, including flower vases and water storage tanks in bathrooms, as well as outdoor buckets containers and plant pots.

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21st February 2015

Our New Canary Wharf Store & Clinic

Beverley Tompkins

Set in a picture perfect waterfront location, our new Nomad Travel Health Clinic and Store enjoys tranquil surroundings with stunning views of some of the most iconic Canary Wharf landmarks. The interior of the store is equally attractive, but it is not all about the looks! We stock a wide range of travel essentials from the brands that are tried and tested. Our Travel Health Clinic offers medical kits, travel vaccines and antimalarials to suit all types of traveller: from those travelling for business to backpackers and adventurers. Our highly experienced specialist travel health nurse will put you at ease and provide you with the most up to date health information depending on your itinerary. You can book last minute appointments on most days. We have early morning and late evening options too.

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10th February 2015

Travel Health Bulletin:

Kissing Bug, travelling with Heart Disease & Hep B vaccination

Beverley Tompkins

This month, we discuss protecting travellers from infected Kissing Bug bites, plus the latest advice for those travelling with stable Heart Disease and updates on the Hepatitis B vaccine.

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20th January 2015

Travel Health Bulletin:

Organise Your Clinic & Latest Travel Updates

Beverley Tompkins

It is really important that any out of date resources are disposed of and that your clinics are using the most up to date publications and resources available. It can be hard to move away from using hard copies; however important travel health information is being updated all the time so the best way to access the latest information is online.

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6th January 2015

The All-Inclusive Traveller

Beverley Tompkins

Many travellers choose the all- inclusive holiday abroad. With flights, transfers, hotel, and of course food and drink all included in the price of the holiday, it’s a popular and affordable style of travel for many. The all-inclusive holiday can be experienced in many countries around the world from Europe to Africa, Central America and the Caribbean. Although travellers choosing this type of holiday generally do not face the same number of travel health risks as independent travellers, there are some particular travel health risks that the all-inclusive traveller should be aware and prepared for.

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15th December 2014

Meningitis B and the New Bexsero Vaccine

Becky Swadling

As Clinical Nurse Trainer / Travel Health Nurse Specialist for Nomad Travel Clinics, I am often asked for advice by Nurses and clients on various topics. Since the recent introduction of the new Meningitis B vaccine into the UK, Nomad have seen a dramatic increase in the number of parents booking into our clinics (Bath / Bristol / Cardiff) relieved that they are now able to have their child vaccinated against this potentially fatal infection. Parents often present with many anxieties/fears and questions related to both the disease and the vaccine itself.

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4th December 2014

Travellers’ Diarrhoea

Beverley Tompkins

Delhi belly, Montezuma’s revenge and Rangoon runs are just a few names given to the most frequent health complaint to affect travellers aboard. It is estimated that 30- 50% of travellers will experience travellers’ diarrhoea during a one – two week stay in low income and developing countries where standards of hygiene and sanitation are poor. High risk countries include India, Africa and South America.

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20th November 2014

Leech Bites

Beverley Tompkins

Leeches are segmented worms. They commonly live in rainforest and jungle environments around the world, particularly South East Asia. Travellers with an itinerary that takes them trekking through rainforest and jungle environments can be at significant risk of coming into contact with leeches as they walk through damp humid areas and wade through freshwater and rivers.

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11th November 2014

Travel Health Bulletin:

Antimalarials for Complex Travellers

Beverley Tompkins

It is not always easy advising on antimalarials for travellers. Here we have a look at a few complex travellers that can present at the travel clinic and considerations that need to be made when advising on the most suitable antimalarial.

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21st October 2014

Ebola Update

Professor Larry Goodyer

The important message for all travellers as I wrote last month is that the ‘the odds against catching Ebola are remote in the extreme’. However, because of the continuing presence of the disease in three countries in West Africa (Sierra, Leone, Guinea and Liberia), the World Health Organisation now recommends against all non essential travel to these destinations unless specifically intending to work in a health care capacity. There is also now screening at UK airports though many health experts have questioned the value of this. Exit screening from airports in the three affected countries is also in place.

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16th September 2014

Ebola

Professor Larry Goodyer

The hot topic in Travel this summer is without doubt the Ebola Virus outbreak in West Africa. How scared should travellers really be and what can be done to reduce the risks? Is it going to hit the UK? What happens if you are on an aircraft with an Ebola victim? There is little doubt that this is the worst outbreak of Ebola that we have ever seen, but as I will discuss the implications for the traveller, provided correctly informed and prepared, are not currently of great concern.

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6th August 2014

Where is the best place to get your travel health 
services and vaccinations?

Professor Larry Goodyer

Until very recently the first port of call for anyone wanting vaccinations for travel was the GP. Now it seems that you can get travel vaccinations and other medicines such as antimalarials from a whole host of providers .Walk into almost any pharmacy, including the big multiple chains, and you will see travel health and ‘holiday vaccines’ being offered. Go on line and there are pages of providers in some parts of the country ranging from large doctor walk in service providers, to small one band operations and specialists like Nomad. So what do you choose?

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10th May 2012

Tick-Borne Encephalitis - Walks in Europe

Sue Ellen Cooper-Jones

Have you been thinking of taking a walking holiday in Western Europe this spring? Or maybe this is the year for the glorious 500 mile El Camino de Santiago de Compostela – ‘The Way’, by one of the popular French routes perhaps? Tens of thousands of people make their own ‘ways’ every year via various routes during this famous pilgrimage.

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13th March 2012

Safaris - Part II

Lucy Hedges Lead Nurse at Nomad Bristol

Anxious about getting Travellers’ Diarrhoea while on Safari? Worried about what the bathroom facilities will be like? Lucy Hedges, Lead Nurse at Nomad Bristol describes her experiences from her recent trip to Kenya and Tanzania.

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3rd February 2012

Safaris - Part I

Lucy Hedges Lead Nurse at Nomad Bristol

Ever wondered why everyone wears khaki coloured clothes on safari? Ever dreamt about going on safari and getting up close and personal with Elephants? Lucy Hedges, Lead Nurse at Nomad Bristol has the answers based on lessons learnt on her recent safari to Kenya and Tanzania.

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18th January 2012

Winter Getaways - Part II

Sue Ellen Cooper-Jones Clinic Assistant, Bishops Stortford

The country of South Africa is a brilliant destination this time of year. Summertime is at its peak and the country enjoys a very diverse terrain, so there are lots of different activities to indulge in.

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5th January 2012

Winter Getaways - Part I

Sue Ellen Cooper-Jones Clinic Assistant, Bishops Stortford

The Gambia? Senegal? How about South Africa or maybe India…There’s a seemingly endless array of choices for a winter getaway, most offering sun and sea at this particularly bleak and chilly time of year with spring still three months off.

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19th December 2011

Cruises Part II - Yellow Fever

Becky Swadling Clinic Nurse Trainer (Dip TravMed RCPS - Glasg)

So you’ve booked and paid for your tickets, and already you can picture yourself sat on deck sipping a refreshing Gin and Tonic. A few weeks prior to travel you receive your tickets in the post and inside it states – A YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION CERTIFICATE REQUIRED, WITHOUT THIS YOU ARE UNABLE TO BOARD THE BOAT (or something to that effect). Whether or not you receive this advice, if you are planning to Cruise around any countries in Central /South America / Carribean or Africa, we advise that you speak to a travel health specialist (such as Nomad) as soon as possible.

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18th December 2011

Cruises Part I - Mystery Illnesses

Sue Ellen Cooper-Jones Clinic Assistant, Bishops Stortford

Have you ever had the urge to go on a cruise? It’s definitely getting to be that time of year – the chill in the air, short days, crowded shopping centres, and suddenly the lure of sun, sea and gourmet meals proves an irresistible pull.

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23rd November 2011

Malaria - Part II

Sue Ellen Cooper-Jones Clinic Assistant, Bishops Stortford

In the last blog, we told you what unpleasant things could potentially happen if you caught malaria, this time around we’ll tell you how to prevent it.

By using some simple techniques and the right equipment, you can greatly reduce your chances of a dreaded female Anopheles mosquito choosing to land on you in the first place, thus reducing your chances of actually being bitten accordingly.

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16th November 2011

Malaria - Part I

Georgine Seddon Travel Health Nurse, Turnpike Lane

During the year 2010, 1,761 travellers returned to the UK with malaria, having acquired the disease in areas of Africa, Asia or Central/South America. Many of the people who contract this deadly disease put themselves at risk by not taking appropriate medication, or by taking it incorrectly, such as by not continuing to take the tablets after they have returned from their travels.

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13th October 2011

If only ABC were as easy as 1-2-3!

Tori Nixon Raleigh International

Tori Nixon, recounts her and a friend’s experiences climbing to Annapurna Base Camp.Tori was Lead Nurse at Nomad Russell Square clinic and now works at Raleigh International.

At 8,091 meters, ‘Annapurna One’ is the world’s tenth highest mountain, reserved for the professional only. Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) on the other hand, is a glorious vantage point at 4,130 meters and constitutes the trekker’s terminus.

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30th September 2011

Little Boy Takes a Bite of Good Luck

As World Rabies Day was 28th of September, you may have heard about this disease in the media recently. If not, Sam Diab, nurse at Nomad’s Russell Square travel clinic, explains; Rabies is a viral disease spread through saliva by the bite or scratch of an infected mammal (e.g. dogs, cats, monkeys, foxes or bats). Rabies is endemic in many countries around the world, such as Bali, India, Thailand, Nepal, Bolivia, Peru and Russia…many are popular holiday destinations. According to the World Health Organization, (WHO) 40,000-70,000 cases occur each year, and Rabies is 100% fatal.

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18th August 2011

Kilimanjaro

Megan Devenish Development Manager for Classic Tours

Megan Devenish is the Development Manager for Classic Tours, a company which organizes travel tours exclusively for charities. I caught up with her recently for a chat about her experiences climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

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