Category Archives: General Advice

Volunteering for Work Overseas – Top Tips and Advice

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It is a major decision to work overseas as a volunteer in a less well developed region of the world. Nevertheless in the vast majority of cases it is a decision which is never regretted as it exposes the volunteer to a life which they would
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How to Avoid Dengue Fever – Travel Health Advice

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Dengue fever is a viral condition transmitted by mosquitoes to humans. The disease is widespread in the tropics and subtropics and occurs in areas below about 2000ft commonly in Asia, coastal tropical Africa and Latin America between 300N and 400S. Approximately 100 million cases occur each
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Cryptosporidosis – Symptoms, Prevention & Treatment

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Cryptosporidosis – Symptoms, Prevention & Treatment Cryptosporidosis is a parasitic disease of the gastrointestinal tract which has only been recognised as a disease of humans since 1976. There have been large outbreaks of the disease in many parts of the world including over 400,000 people in Milwaukee (USA) in 1993 and many hundreds of cases
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Travel Foot Care – Tops Tips & Advice

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Travel Foot Care – Top Tips & Advice Travelling brings significant stress and strain to your feet. Following some simple commonsense care before and while travelling will make a huge difference to your overall enjoyment and to your general health. You can divide the possible care of your feet into two associated areas – firstly
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How to Avoid Respiratory Illnesses while Travelling

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Outbreaks of respiratory illnesses occur regularly throughout the world. These can be associated with many different types of ‘bugs’ including viral illnesses (Influenza, Measles, Mumps, Whooping Cough etc), bacterial illnesses (Pneumonia, Meningitis, Tuberculosis, Legionnaires, Anthrax, Diphtheria etc) and fungal diseases (Histoplasmosis, Aspergillosis etc). In recent times, the world
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How to Avoid Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT) – Travel Health Advice

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Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT) is relatively rare, but nevertheless it is a potentially life-threatening condition which is usually associated with those who are bedridden or those who have had significant surgery. The disease can be painless and the affected individual may have no knowledge
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Travelling with Diabetes – Top Tips and Advice

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Travelling safely with Diabetes At times it may feel that because you have a condition like diabetes that it is not worth the trouble or the risk of undertaking a foreign journey. Many opportunities to travel are lost because you may feel that it is just too much trouble. Nonsense! All it takes is a
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How to prevent Myiasis – Travel Health Advice

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How to Prevent Myiasis – Travel Health Advice While abroad, washing your clothes and leaving them to dry in the open air can lead to significant problems for the international traveller. In many of the hotter regions of the world a fly can actually lay her eggs on damp clothing which has been laid out
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Dealing with Ticks – Prevention & Removal – Travel Health Advice

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Dealing with Ticks – Prevention & Removal – Travel Health Advice If you are going to be spending any time outdoors during the Spring and Summer, it is important to learn to protect you and your family from diseases that can be caused by ticks, including: (depending on the region of the world) Lyme disease
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Travel Tips & Health Advice for Backpackers

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Travel Tips & Health Advice for Backpackers The continuous upsurge in backpacking holidays leads to some difficulty for those of us trying to provide health advice for backpackers. It’s important to see advice on good health care so that your personal health can be protected to the greatest possible extent during this trip. Vaccines, avoiding mosquito
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Travelling while pregnant – Is travel safe during pregnancy?

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Travelling while Pregnant Many thoughts may go through your mind when you confirm that indeed you definitely are pregnant. If you have an overseas trip planned then this adds another level of complexity to your emotions! Is it safe to travel? Are you taking unnecessary risks? Are there extra precautions which can be taken to
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How to Avoid West Nile Fever – Travel Health Advice

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The disease was first diagnosed in blood taken from a woman living in the West Nile district of Uganda in 1937. Since that time the disease has been found in many other countries including Egypt, Israel, South Africa, parts of Asia and more recently in
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Symptoms of Tropical Disease – When You Return from Travelling

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Most international travellers experience no problems abroad. Others may have an upset stomach but nothing more. It’s easy to become paranoid with every ache, cold or spot attributed to your trip abroad. There are some important things to remember when it comes to symptoms of tropical disease… Some illnesses like Malaria can harbour themselves in
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Avoiding Altitude Sickness – Travel Health Advice

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Altitude sickness is a series of signs and symptoms which may occur when a person climbs or is taken to a high altitude. It can affect different people in a variety of ways ranging from mild headaches to sudden death. Both male and female can succumb rapidly, and the condition can be seen at any
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Avoiding Japanese Encephalitis – Travel Health Advice

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Japanese B Encephalitis is a viral disease transmitted by the bite of an infected female Culex mosquito. Over 50,000 cases are reported to occur each year. The disease is found in over 25 countries throughout the world, mainly in South East Asia as can be seen from the following list of endemic countries; Australia, Bangladesh,
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Avoiding Tick Borne Encephalitis -Travel Health Advice

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tick borne In general, exposure risks are related to those spending time in more rural regions where they may run the risk of being bitten by an infected tick. The tick which transmits tick borne encephalitis can be found all over Europe, though most cases are reported from Central and Western parts of the region. Reports
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Yellow Fever Vaccination – Information for Travellers

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Yellow Fever is a viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes. Approximately 200,000 cases occur each year with the majority of these occurring in Africa.  About 90% of all yellow fever cases are found in Africa. The disease occurs mainly in the western part of the sub-Sahara but occasionally in some of the eastern countries. In Africa
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5 ways to save water when travelling

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Water is one of the world’s most important natural resources yet saving water when travelling isn’t always made a priority. That’s why, this World Water Day 2019, we’re sharing some top ways to save water when travelling so that the next time you take a trip, you’ll be
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Visiting Friends and Relations (VFR travel)

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The world has become a ‘global village’ as has been stated many times over the past decades. Cheap and regular international flights mean that we can now visit friends and relations in the far distant reaches of our world. Areas where in the past we would not have considered
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Travelling safely with Children

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Children can make a holiday but also some of the most harrowing experiences abroad are associated with them getting sick, having an accident, getting lost or being bitten by an animal while away from home. If you are planning a trip with young children then take some sensible care. Travelling safely
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Too Old to Travel?

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To define what is meant by ‘old’ is quite emotive. Many would think that anyone 20 years older than themselves is clearly within that category and obviously well past their ‘sell-by’ date. The era of receiving your free bus pass is being seen as the ultimate evidence of ‘old age’. However
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Swim Safety Tips for Travelling Abroad

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The pleasures of swimming while abroad can be immense. Nevertheless there are risks and naturally care must be taken to ensure that silly and potentially dangerous mistakes are limited, if not fully avoided. The risks are related to where you swim and the safety factors of that area. Here
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How to Stay Safe in the Sun on Holiday

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Living in Ireland has many blessings but acceptable exposure to the sun does not happen to rate well on its list of attributes. So, when we escape overseas we frequently soak up the sun’s rays in excess just in case we don’t see them for a
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Staying healthy on your Skiing Holiday

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Skiing holidays have become a regular pastime for many travellers each year. In some cases it is their first venture into an unknown activity and for others it has become a routine part of their yearly activities. Both these groups can potentially face some serious health risks associated with
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Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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Whether travelling on business or on holiday’s peoples behaviour often changes, inhibitions come down and alcohol consumption goes up. Holidays in particular are about entertainment and in some countries the sex industry is very much a part of this ‘entertainment’. Irish travellers fall into two categories. The Business Traveller and Casual Tourist
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How to Prevent Insect Bites – Travel Health Advice

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How to Prevent Insect Bites Bite Avoidance Where Possible avoid going out of doors between dusk and dawn Wear long sleeves to cover your arms and long trousers Avoid dark coloured clothing If possible choose an air-conditioned room Keep doors and windows closed Avoid using perfumes and aftershaves Choose a room above the third floor.
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Leaving on a Jet Plane

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There comes a stage in most young people’s lives when they need to break free of parental control and show that they are capable of independent living! Nowadays this often comes about as the almost compulsory overseas trip where they circumnavigate the world with their one year travel pass. The
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How to Avoid Jet Lag – Travel Health Advice

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How to Avoid Jet Lag Any travel, especially if it involves travel at night, may be associated with sleep disruption and subsequent fatigue. However, flight across time zones results in different body rhythms that are not initially synchronised with the day-night cycles at the time zone of destination. This causes the combination of day-time sleepiness
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Hajj Travel – Recommendations & Requirements 2012

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Hajj Travel – Recommendations & Requirements 2012 Every devout Muslim seeks to perform the Hajj on at least one occasion during their life. This pilgrimage, which is a central duty of Islam, brings Muslims from all over the world together as they visit the holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. Each year
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Golf and International Travel

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This short leaflet outlines some of the health risks associated with playing golf in a warmer climate. Travel Advice for golfers PDF
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How to Avoid an Upset Stomach when Travelling

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There can be no doubt that this is the one main areas where travellers get into difficulty during their trip overseas. It is all very well to want to taste the local produce but commonsense and care must be maintained if you want to avoid spending days
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Travellers’ Diarrhoea: Prevention and Treatment

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These guidelines for travellers’ diarrhoea prevention and treatment are written for adults with no history of allergies or other serious underlying medical conditions. In all other situations you should arrange for specific guidelines from a doctor before your journey. Used sensibly, these guidelines may help to lessen the severity of
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Cultural Concerns while Travelling

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The world is shrinking to the extent that we can now very easily move from one region to another within a matter of hours. We recognise the change in climate and other issues relating to what is happening around us, but often we don’t recognise that customs and actions which are
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Cruising safely in the Caribbean

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Over the past years cruising has become a much more popular option for the standard tourist with many individuals and couples , and also family groups, benefiting from the falling prices and the superb level of service which the major cruise liners are now offering. No longer is cruising seen
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Coping with Business Travel

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Ask any business colleague and they will confirm that inter-continental travelling brings it’s own special brand of stress and strain. Missed connections, climatic changes, new unfamiliar contacts, language uncertainty and many more difficulties all add together to ensure that the `glamour’ of business travel is not all that it is made
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Building Hope & showing love in action

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Building Hope & showing love in action The Irish have clearly shown over the years how very generous they are towards those in desperate need. We have seen this through huge financial giving but also there are many others (like you) who have personally travelled to distant lands to share their skills and to make
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A list of the TMB Clinics throughout Ireland

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The Tropical Medical Bureau has a series of clinics throughout Ireland. Their locations and services are shown on the web pages http://www.tmb.ie/clinics-map.asp However, if you would like to have a paper copy please download the current pdf file. PDF details of TMB Travel Health Clinics
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