High Risk Travellers

Some travellers including pregnant women, children and elderly or infirm travellers will have a higher likelihood of illness while aboard. For specific travel health information about high risk travellers please refer to the following information or discuss with one of our travel health professionals during your comprehensive travel consultation.

Pregnancy

Apart from the normal risk as with all other travellers, pregnant women have other potential problems when travelling.

The safest time to travel is during the second trimester. Women with previous obstetric problems and higher risk pregnancy should avoid travel if possible. Air travel is discouraged after 24 weeks of gestation for women with risk factors, or after 36 weeks for normal pregnancy.

Children

Travelling with children can be very enjoyable, but poses some problems. Their ears may cause discomfort on ascent and descent.

They may dehydrate more quickly than an adult especially in tropical countries. Very newborn babies do not have well developed lungs, and air travel may pose some risk.

The Elderly and Infirm

Elderly people and travellers with chronic medical problems like Chronic airways disease and heart problems, Asthma, Anaemia, Chronic Ear conditions, Recent surgery, unstable Diabetes etc, need extra precaution when they travel. There may be limitations or special requirements for air travel. Medications need to arranged in advance, and stored properly during travel. They should travel to countries where there are reasonable medical facilities. Medical insurance for travel needs to be seriously considered.

The doctors at Travel Vaccination Health Care will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your health status during the first consultation. Professional advice will given for your suitability to travel, and what precautions you need to take pertinent to your individual situation.