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Holiday Medicines

If you are planning on going on holiday you may need a course of travel vaccines. Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist can help you identify which vaccines may be required. Allow at least two months before you travel to ensure you are fully protected. You may also require malaria tablets, again your doctor, pharmacist or nurse can advise you about this.

Ensure you have sufficient prescription medicines with you to last until the end of your holiday (and a few days extra in case of delays) plus any other over the counter medicines you require. Take a copy of your prescription with you in case you need this information.

It may be helpful to obtain a letter from your doctor stating your medical condition and listing the medicines you take.

Think about how you will manage your medicines whilst on holiday or travelling. Keep your medicines in your hand luggage. If you are taking needles and syringes check that the airline will allow you to take these on board with you. Consider, will there be a fridge for you to store your insulin? How will you dispose of your sharps? Some non European countries restrict the types of medicines you can take into the country with you. Before you travel check with the relevant embassy what can legally be taken into the country.

Ensure you have adequate travel insurance to cover your medical conditions whilst overseas. The European Health Insurance Card entitles holders to receive the same medical treatment as a resident of the country they are visiting. However, this is often much less than we receive from the NHS so additional insurance is recommended.