50% of Brits Travel Abroad Without Proper Health Protection

With more cheap flights to exotic destinations than ever before, it’s never been easier to jet off on a new adventure, yet an estimated 50% of us travel abroad without the right health protection. Boots UK wants to raise the health and happiness of the nation and knows that two precious weeks of exotic sun is the perfect way to recharge your batteries for the year ahead. However, many people don’t realise they may need to protect more than just their skin from the sun when they visit these far flung destinations.

In the past year there has been a rise in long haul travel, with research from holiday companies revealing a 350% increase in long haul passengers in the last 10 years. So, with long-haul destinations more accessible than ever, now is the time to take advantage of Boots UK’s convenient Travel Vaccinations and Health Advice Service* and stay healthy whilst ticking off those bucket list locations!

Boots UK offers a free personalised risk assessment as part of their Travel Vaccinations and Health Advice Service* to help you understand which vaccinations you may need. If you’re planning a trip abroad the specially-trained pharmacists can provide advice and travel vaccinations to help you stay healthy on your trip so you don’t miss a moment.

Boots pharmacies also offer a Malaria Prevention Service* where pharmacists are on hand to provide access to prescription only antimalarials and advice. From tips on how to avoid being bitten and recommended insect repellents to more general travel health advice, so you can rest assured you’ll be healthy and happy throughout your holiday. And with the service available in most pharmacies, many of which offer evening and weekend appointments, getting yourself in-check before jetting off is simple. Detailed travel health advice is available from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) website or the Scottish travel health service fitfortravel.

Boots Pharmacist Tom Kallis says: “What people tend not to realise when heading off to exotic locations is that faraway places often expose you to diseases you don’t find in this country, and which you may need to consider being vaccinated against.

“If you’re jetting off to India this summer, as well as the routine vaccination courses and boosters recommended in the UK, you will also need to consider malaria prevention so speak to your Boots pharmacist who will chat you through the necessary precautions and advice depending on which parts you are traveling to. If so, as well as your routine vaccinations and boosters, check with your local Boots Pharmacist as depending on the area you’re visiting you could be at risk of malaria or yellow fever. There is currently a risk of Zika virus in Brazil which for most people is a very mild infection and isn’t harmful. However, it is more serious for pregnant women as it is known to cause birth defects.

“There is currently no vaccine or specific treatment for Zika virus available, however there are measures you can take to help reduce the risk of infection. The first is to ensure you take precautions against mosquito bites, for example use insect repellents that contain at least 20% DEET as these are known to be the most effective. Also simple things like ensuring your skin is covered-up as much as possible. Pregnant women should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider and, where travel is unavoidable they should receive advice on rigorous mosquito bite avoidance measures.

“When you come to book yourself an appointment, ideally allow yourself 6-8 weeks before you travel. However, don’t fret if your holiday is last minute – come and talk to us as we will still be able to help you feel happy, healthy and confident for your adventure.”

Speak to your local Boots pharmacist or visit the Quickcheck tool on Boots.com/travelhealth to see if antimalarials and/or travel vaccinations are likely to be required for your destination. To find your nearest Boots UK store offering the full Travel Health and Vaccinations Service use the store locator available here.

One final thing to think about before jetting away is travel insurance. Purchasing travel insurance can sometimes be confusing and with so many options available, it’s important to ensure you have the right level of cover to suit your travel needs – but this doesn’t mean it should break the bank! As part of their mission to raise the health and happiness of the nation, Boots UK believes that no matter what your age, prescription or medical condition everyone deserves to be insured for their holiday at an affordable rate. Boots travel insurance benefits include no age limit7 for single trip policies, an introduction of age banding- meaning cheaper premiums for younger age groups, children are covered for free and a wide range of medical conditions are covered. To find out more information, simply head over to the Boots Travel Insurance hub.


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* Available in selected stores. For ages 5 and over. Subject to eligibility criteria. Charges apply.


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