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The last thing you want is to get sick during your trip. That is why it is important to take a number of precautions. This considerably reduces the risk of illness, but unfortunately it is not possible to exclude it altogether.

Get the necessary vaccinations in time

According to research by a major travel insurer (Allianz Global Assistance), these are the most common travel diseases:

  1. Traveller’s diarrhoea
  2. Respiratory tract infection
  3. Cystitis
  4. Typhoid fever
  5. Hepatitis A
  6. Hepatitis B
  7. Cholera
  8. Malaria
  9. Dengue fever
  10. Chikungunya (an infectious disease transmitted by mosquitoes)

Many of these diseases can be vaccinated in advance. Consult with your family doctor, the NHS or other specialised institution, about which vaccinations are necessary. At the destinations, you will also find specific health information in the country concerned.


Go on your trip well rested

If you leave tired and weak, sick and nauseous, you are more susceptible to illness than if you board the plane bright and breezy. Take it easy on the days before departure and make sure you get enough sleep.