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Travelling to Antarctica

Health Risk

Not for the faint hearted, Antarctica is more of an expedition than a regular getaway. This frozen continent at the end of the Earth has never been permanently occupied by man. Accessible only from November to March, it has no towns or villages, no habitation bar the odd research station or expedition hut; just grand, icy, unpredictable wilderness.

Warnings

Altitude Sickness

The South Pole is at 2800m evalation, but cold thin air lowers the barometric pressure even further, making acute mountain sickness a possibility. The low oxygen saturations would make travel to the South Pole difficult for travellers with pre-existing lung disease.

Hypothermia

Extreme temperatures. Protective clothing and eyewear are absolutely essential.

Solar Damage

As a result of the depleted ozone layer over Antarctica, travellers are at increased risk of solar skin and eye damage. Protective clothing and eyewear are essential.

Diarrhoea

Organisms such as salmonella, shigella and E-coli have caused recent outbreaks of diarrhoea on ships. There have also been reports of the Norwalk virus, an intestinal illness which causes 24 to 48 hours of nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, low-grade fever and abdominal pain. Avoiding shellfish such as oysters and washing your hands frequently and thoroughly can help prevent the spread of this infection.

Recommended Vaccines

Influenza

Influenza is the most common preventable disease among travellers. It is highly contagious and has a range of uncomfortable symptoms that are sure to ruin any holiday or trip away. An annual flu shot is recommended to keep the flu at bay. As the flu virus is constantly adapting itself, it's necessary to continue getting shots to ensure your protection against the latest strain of the viral infection. Play it safe and get a flu shot if you plan on travelling.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a debilitating viral infection of the liver. It is highly common in developing countries due to poor sanitation. It is strongly recommended you get vaccinated against hepatitis A at least 21 days prior to travelling. Hepatitis A with a follow-up booster shot 6 months after your first generally lasts for around 10 years. If you haven't had a shot in a while it's best to check with one of our doctors if you need another.

Typhoid

Typhoid is a bacterial disease spread through contaminated food, water or unwashed hands as well as flies. The illness may not be noticeable for 1-2 weeks after transmission and symptoms can include fever, headache, loss of appetite, muscle aches and a dry cough. All travellers should be vaccinated against typhoid as it is quite common in developing, rural or remote areas. Vaccinations generally last 2-3 years but are only 60-70% efficient so it is highly recommended to conduct safe practices when it comes to the handling and consumption of food and overall sanitation. Please discuss with one of our doctors for more details specific to your journey.

Travel Kits

We offer a variety of travel kits, ranging from a basic gastro kit to an adventure pack. From gauze to altitude sickness medication, we prepare you for all eventualities.

Fit To Travel Certificates

From an itemised list of prescription medication to Fitness to Travel Certification, we make your transition through customs and border patrol a stress free experience.
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Management Plans

Our Doctors will prepare a care plan for you, which will help you to manage your existing health concerns and avoid further complications that a change of climate and a long flight can bring.

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Book in an assessment with one of our highly qualified travel doctors. This consult will allow us to determine what region/country you intend to visit, which vaccines are appropriate,  and what health risks you may encounter whilst travelling abroad.

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PLEASE NOTE

The information you see on this page is a general guide only. There are many factors that are to be considered by you and your doctor when assessing your need for vaccines and medication. We strongly recommend you make a booking with one of our travel doctors at least 6-8 weeks prior to your departure for the safest bet of protecting yourself against any risk you may be exposed to.

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