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Zika Virus

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Larry Goodyer

Prof. Larry Goodyer, MPharm Phd MRPharmS FFTM RCPS(Glasg) FRGS

Medical Director

As well as being the Nomad Medical Director he is currently Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Leicester School of Pharmacy at De Montfort University.
He is one of the leading international pharmacist experts in the field of travel medicine and a Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow. Prof Goodyer is currently the Vice Chair of the British Travel and Global Health Association and editor of their Journal. He is a council member and past Chair of the Pharmacist Professional Group of the International Society of Travel Medicines. He has researched and written widely on areas of Travel Medicine as well as appearing on radio and television on the subject.

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Using the Nomad clinic services gives you a one-to-one experience with a qualified, highly trained, travel health nurse.

The consultation includes:

  • A detailed medical history
  • Risk assessment based on style and length of your trip
  • Advice on preventative measures you can take

Your pharmacy based travel clinic is all very well but for specialist advice at the same or lower cost come to Nomad. This is strongly advised if you are on a more adventurous or complex itinerary, or have special medical needs. Nomad Travel Clinics are specialists in:

  • Last minute travel
  • Complex itineraries
  • Travel health and existing medical conditions
  • Open 6 days per week

allowing 6-8 weeks for your vaccination programme, you have time to fit in full courses of vaccines where required which provides you with the best possible protection against certain vaccine preventable diseases. If you don’t have time to complete courses before you go, you risk travelling with little or even no protection against sometimes high risk diseases.

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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.

It is still early days regarding the true impact and nature of the Zika Virus, in particular how it can affect the foetus. Certainly, the advice to reconsider travelling to these countries if pregnant until we know more should be followed. There is only one certain way of reducing the risks of the disease and others like it such as dengue - follow good mosquito bite avoidance practice. Unfortunately, my research has shown that most people simply do not take adequate precautions against mosquito bites despite having the necessary repellents and other equipment. For instance many people do not cover up exposed skin or use sufficient repellent.

My bite avoidance advice for Zika Virus is:

1. The mosquito transmitting Zika bites mostly during the day and it's most active times are mid-morning and late afternoon, so take extra precautions during those hours
2. Apply 50% DEET insect repellent to exposed skin and reapply it if the effect wears off after a few hours. There has been some research to show that DEET does not cross the placenta and on balance any potential worry about DEET safety is outweighed by the risk to the foetus from Zika
3. Cover up exposed skin on arms and legs and ideally with clothing treated with insecticide
4. Dont foget there may be other mosquito born diseases around and the mosquito transmitting malaria bites at night so sleep under a mosquito net and use plug-in room insecticie vapourisers

Nomad are your experts for advice on mosquito bite avoidance and can supply top of the range products - so pay them a visit before you go by booking a consultation at one of 10 Travel Clinics nationwide.