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Travel health for families

Happy, healthy holidays for all the family

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Travel health for families

Happy, healthy holidays for all the family

When you're travelling or going on holiday as a family the focus should be on fun! But to help make sure everyone has a healthy and happy trip, you need to plan ahead! You've probably thought about swimwear, flip-flops and sun cream, but depending on your destination, there could be lots of other preparation.

This handy guide will give you lots of useful information about travel insurance, vaccinations, malaria prevention, sun and eye care and your essential travel health checklist so you can go away feeling confident you've got everything covered. Happy travels!

Plan ahead: Travel insurance and EHIC

Before you travel abroad, make sure you take out travel insurance and get a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

There are different types of travel insurance, which can be tailored to your trip including:

The good news is that with Boots Travel Insurance, kids under 18 go free on all family travel policies.

The EHIC is not a replacement for travel insurance but it may help you access state healthcare at a reduced cost, or even for free. Some insurance companies will only provide travel insurance if you have an EHIC as well.

Travel vaccinations

It might not be the most fun-filled part of planning your holiday or trip, but to help you stay healthy abroad you need to make sure that you and all your family have had any necessary vaccinations.

Before you jet off, we can point you in the right direction for all the expert advice and information you need about travel vaccinations.

We've made this easier for you by providing a tailored vaccination service through the Boots Travel Clinic (http://www.boots.com)

Getting the right vaccinations means that serious illnesses are less likely to travel home with you. Find out which vaccinations you and your family need at NHS Fit for Travel.

Malaria prevention

Mosquitoes may only be tiny, but it only takes one little bite to make you very ill.

Malaria is a tropical disease spread by mosquitoes so before you leave, find out if you're travelling to a country with a high malaria risk, get to know the symptoms to look out for and get the necessary prevention for you and your family.

You can find out which countries carry a high risk of malaria at the NHS Fit for Travel website.

The main symptoms to look out for are:

  • A high temperature of 38°C or above
  • Vomiting
  • Sweats and chills
  • Muscle pains
  • Headaches
  • Diarrhoea

Bite-size fact: Symptoms can develop as quickly as seven days after being bitten, although they usually appear between 10 to 15 days afterwards. In some cases symptoms may not appear for up to a year, and occasionally longer.

Find out more about the Boots Malaria Prevention Service.

Skin deep: Sort out your sun protection

Before you head to the sun, make sure you've got the right sun protection for you and your family packed away in your case. When you're soaking up the sun, whether at home or abroad, it's essential to protect your skin and eyes from the sun's damaging rays.

The sun is sneaky, so don't get caught out! Sun damage happens when the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays penetrate the skin and damage cells however you can't feel this happening and it can even happen when the sun isn't very hot, or has gone behind a cloud.

Here are some top tips for safety in the sun:

  • Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more
  • Use a sunscreen labelled 'broad spectrum' which means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays, with a rating of four or five stars
  • Make sure you apply sunscreen all over – don't forget about ears, the tops of feet and the back of the neck
  • Apply your sunscreen to clean, dry skin
  • Use approximately two teaspoons to cover head, arms and neck
  • Use at least two tablespoons to cover all exposed skin, especially if you're wearing a swimming costume
  • Re-apply sunscreen every two hours and after going in the water, even if it's waterproof
  • Don't use sunscreen which has expired
  • Avoid staying the sun when it is at its strongest usually between 11am and 3pm in the UK

Bright eyes: Sunglasses offer protection for your eyes, make sure you choose a pair with one of the following:

  • The 'CE Mark' and British Standard (BS EN 1836:1997)
  • A UV 400 label
  • A statement that the sunglasses offer 100% UV protection

Holiday health product checklist

When you're shopping for holiday clothes, books and other travel must-haves, don't forget the following healthcare essentials:

** Suitable for children 4 years and over

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Travel health for families

Happy, healthy holidays for all the family

When you're travelling or going on holiday as a family the focus should be on fun! But to help make sure everyone has a healthy and happy trip, you need to plan ahead! You've probably thought about swimwear, flip-flops and sun cream, but depending on your destination, there could be lots of other preparation.

This handy guide will give you lots of useful information about travel insurance, vaccinations, malaria prevention, sun and eye care and your essential travel health checklist so you can go away feeling confident you've got everything covered. Happy travels!

Plan ahead: Travel insurance and EHIC

Before you travel abroad, make sure you take out travel insurance and get a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

There are different types of travel insurance, which can be tailored to your trip including:

The good news is that with Boots Travel Insurance, kids under 18 go free on all family travel policies.

The EHIC is not a replacement for travel insurance but it may help you access state healthcare at a reduced cost, or even for free. Some insurance companies will only provide travel insurance if you have an EHIC as well.

Travel vaccinations

It might not be the most fun-filled part of planning your holiday or trip, but to help you stay healthy abroad you need to make sure that you and all your family have had any necessary vaccinations.

Before you jet off, we can point you in the right direction for all the expert advice and information you need about travel vaccinations.

We've made this easier for you by teaming up with travel experts MASTA to provide a tailored vaccination service through the Boots Travel Clinic

Getting the right vaccinations means that serious illnesses are less likely to travel home with you. Find out which vaccinations you and your family need at NHS Fit for Travel.

Malaria prevention

Mosquitoes may only be tiny, but it only takes one little bite to make you very ill.

Malaria is a tropical disease spread by mosquitoes so before you leave, find out if you're travelling to a country with a high malaria risk, get to know the symptoms to look out for and get the necessary prevention for you and your family.

You can find out which countries carry a high risk of malaria at the NHS Fit for Travel website.

The main symptoms to look out for are:

  • A high temperature of 38°C or above
  • Vomiting
  • Sweats and chills
  • Muscle pains
  • Headaches
  • Diarrhoea

Bite-size fact: Symptoms can develop as quickly as seven days after being bitten, although they usually appear between 10 to 15 days afterwards. In some cases symptoms may not appear for up to a year, and occasionally longer.

Find out more about the Boots Malaria Prevention Service.

Before you head to the sun, make sure you've got the right sun protection for you and your family packed away in your case. When you're soaking up the sun, whether at home or abroad, it's essential to protect your skin and eyes from the sun's damaging rays.

The sun is sneaky, so don't get caught out! Sun damage happens when the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays penetrate the skin and damage cells however you can't feel this happening and it can even happen when the sun isn't very hot, or has gone behind a cloud.

Here are some top tips for safety in the sun:

  • Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more
  • Use a sunscreen labelled 'broad spectrum' which means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays, with a rating of four or five stars
  • Make sure you apply sunscreen all over ? don't forget about ears, the tops of feet and the back of the neck
  • Apply your sunscreen to clean, dry skin
  • Use approximately two teaspoons to cover head, arms and neck
  • Use at least two tablespoons to cover all exposed skin, especially if you're wearing a swimming costume
  • Re-apply sunscreen every two hours and after going in the water, even if it's waterproof
  • Don't use sunscreen which has expired
  • Avoid staying the sun when it is at its strongest usually between 11am and 3pm in the UK

Bright eyes: Sunglasses offer protection for your eyes, make sure you choose a pair with one of the following:

  • The 'CE Mark' and British Standard (BS EN 1836:1997)
  • A UV 400 label
  • A statement that the sunglasses offer 100% UV protection

Holiday health product checklist

When you're shopping for holiday clothes, books and other travel must-haves, don't forget the following healthcare essentials:

Soltan Family Pack Suncare Lotions
Boots Pharmaceuticals Antiseptic Cream (35g)
Boots Pharmaceuticals Non-Contact Thermometer
Afterburn Sunburn Rescue Gel 75g
Boots Pharmaceuticals St John Ambulance Travel First Aid Kit
Boots Bite & Sting relief Click it

Read more like this:

Suncare for kids
Sibling success: coping with two children
Keeping fit with a new baby
Memorable milestones: Your baby's first year
Safe and happy travel with kids
Happy families: When two become three

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